Sunset Concert & Cocktails

Join Fitz Nonprofit Consulting on Thursday evening for cocktails and light bites on the Leichtag Farmhouse patio followed by a musical concert in the outdoor auditorium. Thursday, June 26, 2018 5:30-6:15 p.m. – Reception 6:15-7:00 p.m. – Concert RSVP to ensure your drinks and nibbles. Benefits International Music Sessions. To receive your complimentary ticket, please…

Social Enterprise for Nonprofits

the last decade, social enterprises – like Tom’s Shoes, One Hope Winery and FEED – have become a popular way of doing business successfully. The concept is simple: Make and sell a product whose sales will go directly to financially support and create visibility for a charitable cause. Given the success of social enterprises in…

Meet Hannah Berger, Fitz’s Senior Consultant

Hannah Berger, M.P.A, began working with Fitz Nonprofit Consulting in the spring of 2016. Since then, she has become an invaluable member of the Fitz Team and my “partner-in-fundraising-crime”. Hannah’s specialty is as a philanthropy coach to nonprofit staff and board leaders. She pulls on her incredible experience and expertise in working with major donors…

Best Ideas: Year End Appeal

It is that time of year again when our email and snail mail boxes fill up for requests for funds to support our favorite causes… or even causes we have never heard of! What makes a letter compelling? There are a couple qualifiers before I get into the technical aspects that make a letter successful….

San Diego Nonprofits by the Numbers

10,844 nonprofit organizations within San Diego County 92% have an annual budget under $1,000,000 $18B in revenue brought in my nonprofits annually $6B in total wages to the region contributed by nonprofits 115,344 nonprofit jobs 88% of people in San Diego have public confidence in nonprofits   What do the numbers mean? Thanks to the…

The Four Elements Your Organization Needs to Succeed at Capital Campaign

A Feasibility Study is based on four Predictive Indicators for Success that aid in determining how an organization can be successful. An urgent and compelling case for support motivates constituents to make the number and size of contributions necessary to meet a significant campaign goal. It must have: A reason for raising money that clearly reflects…

Campaign Volunteer Leadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By Renee Fitzgerald   I was fortunate to host a panel discussion at the USD Governance Symposium last week with three incredible panelists: Jay Hill, CEO, Library Foundation ($185 million capital campaign) Dr. Tim O’Malley, VP External Relationship ($300 million capital campaign) Don Stump, CEO, North County Lifeline (launching a campaign)   My panel of…

Case of the Mondays

Did you receive a raise last year? The University of San Diego reported in their 2016 State of Nonprofits publication that in 2015, there was an 18% increase of total nonprofit wages.   Sadly, if you are a fundraiser, your salary stayed flat according to the AFP Salary Survey 2015. The mean (average) salary for fundraisers…

Less-Than-Glamorous Essentials: Overhead Myth Revisted

I like the article that The Chronicle of Philanthropy published about funders giving significant donations to nonprofit overhead or as the article calls it “less-than-glamorous essentials”. It is exciting to see that funders are giving “general operating grants — the type of flexible funding that charities seek most…” Read the full article here and revisit my Huffington Post…

The Fundraising Easy Button

  If fundraising had an “easy” button, it would be the program wish list (pictured above). As fundraisers we hope that every person we meet is philanthropic and wants to donate because it makes them feel good. Yet, there are a lot of individuals who are more transactional and less philanthropic. The program wish list…