Gala season is in full swing this spring and I would like to highlight some beautiful invitations that I’ve collected over the years. An invitation if your organization’s calling card to a potential attendee. While email has taken over many arenas where nonprofits have typically utilized snail mail – and I don’t argue the costs … More Charity Gala: The Best Invitations Ever
With the spring gala-season officially upon the philanthropic community, I wanted to share how to create a successful auction. I think the number one reason for success might surprise you. Typically, fundraising events raise the bulk of the money in two ways: Sponsorships: sold pre-event Auction: silent/live at the event The biggest … More How-To Create a Successful Auction for your next Fundraising Event
A capital campaign is a time-limited effort often conducted in phases by a nonprofit organization to raise significant dollars for a specific project. Often the money raised is to fund the acquisition, construction, or renovation of a building. Sometimes, capital campaigns are used to build an endowment for the future. Here are the typical phases … More The Phases of a Capital Campaign
Raise a glass to creating a fun and social atmosphere in order to introduce potential donors to your nonprofit. Check out a great article by Stay Classy on the 8 Ways to Host the Ultimate Donor Appreciation Event and how to host a successful donor cultivation reception. Cheers!
The New Year brings new resolutions and goal-setting to our lives. I bet you have already been thinking of how your organization wants to grow its fundraising goals. This blog will walk you through how to set your fundraising goals for the New Year. First Fundraising Goal: How much do you need … More How-To Develop a Fundraising Plan
12th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium Exceptional Governance Days I am thrilled to be speaking at the USD Governance Symposium on Friday, January 8, 2016. My presentation topic is: “Preparing Your Board for BIG Fundraising” . Let’s face it: most board members don’t like asking for money. Who can blame them? It is an uncomfortable thing … More Preparing Your Board for BIG Fundraising
As you prepare for your year-end giving campaign, make sure that your donation web page is set up for successfully receiving donations. Check out Stay Classy’s suggestions: Simplicity Priority #1. Make sure people will get through your donation page! Priority #2. Limit external navigation! Branding Carrying over your branding, messaging and imagery to the donation page … More Three Pillars of a Great Donation Page