Capital Campaigns, stewardship

Celebration

The final phase of any capital campaign is the Celebration of meeting (or exceeding) the goal and recognizing all of those involved who made the campaign a success. The University of San Diego (USD) just finished an eight-year comprehensive campaign, Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, to raise a total of $300 million+. The comprehensive campaign raised… Continue reading Celebration

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Fitz Team, stewardship

Donor Stewardship

“Donor stewardship is about elevating the donor experience.” I had a chance to sit down with Christina Todosow, Fitz’s ‘Of Counsel’ Consultant and Director of Stewardship at Rady Children’s Hospital, to talk about donor stewardship. Christina believe that donor stewardship is about elevating the donor experience through thoughtful opportunities and communications that recognize, inform, and… Continue reading Donor Stewardship

Cultivation, Dating Your Donors, Major Gifts, stewardship

The “Magic” in Major Donor Fundraising

When I meet with potential clients, they often think I have a magic wand in my purse that I will wave all around their offices and things will magically change for the better. Like, new donors will instantly start giving or current donors will double their donations. Presto-chango! Instant increased fundraising!! What I have found… Continue reading The “Magic” in Major Donor Fundraising

Direct Mail, stewardship

The Best Nonprofit Direct Mail Pieces

Tis the season for your year-end appeal… it is the most wonderful time of the year to fundraise. Below are the 10 MUST DO key elements of a year-end appeal.    #1  Compelling story in the letter about a recipient of your organization's services. #2 Eye catching facts and figures since most readers will simply skim the letter, highlight what… Continue reading The Best Nonprofit Direct Mail Pieces

How-To-Guide, Online Fundraising, Social Media, stewardship

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: How-to-Instagram-for-Good

Did you know that 53% of donors will leave a nonprofit because of a lack of communication?  . Thanks to our modern technology, nonprofits can communicate in less than 140 words and with one photo to keep donors engaged. Instagram is a simple as snapping a photo and sharing it online. The key to making it an… Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: How-to-Instagram-for-Good