How to Plan a Successful Product Fundraiser in 4 Easy Steps


As a nonprofit professional, you’re likely familiar with the search for fundraising ideas. Maybe you’re hoping to boost participation in a virtual event or attract new donors to an in-person fundraiser. You might ask volunteers for suggestions or reuse previously successful fundraisers. If your brainstorming sessions spur ideas about product fundraisers, you’re on the right track! Product fundraisers, which raise money for organizations through product sales, are an advantageous fundraising strategy because of their simplistic setup. However, just like planning a large capital campaign or a charity gala, nonprofits still must thoroughly plan these fundraisers to get the best results from [...]

How to Plan a Successful Product Fundraiser in 4 Easy Steps2023-05-31T12:07:12-04:00

Celebrate Generosity: Honoring Capital Campaign Major Givers


Capital campaigns are major undertakings that will require investment and involvement from your nonprofit’s entire community. In particular, your organization’s major givers will play a pivotal role in the success of these large-scale projects. Not only will major givers provide significant financial support to your campaign, but they can also offer their expertise and guidance during the planning process and act as ambassadors for your cause, inspiring others to give. Clearly, your major givers will be instrumental in helping your organization achieve its capital campaign goals. So, to ensure that they feel appreciated and seen for all they do for your campaign, you [...]

Celebrate Generosity: Honoring Capital Campaign Major Givers2023-05-24T14:14:20-04:00

Capture Donors’ Attention: 4 Direct Mail Fundraising Tips


Direct mail fundraising is an impactful tool that your nonprofit can use to connect with donors of all ages. While there is a misconception that direct mail isn’t as effective as fast-paced digital marketing, this form of fundraising can uniquely motivate donors to take action and help you reach your nonprofit’s goals. Specifically, direct mail adds a personal touch because it provides donors with a tangible message—something that can feel more meaningful than a simple social media post. As an organization with experience in the world of direct mail fundraising, you’re probably familiar with the reality of working to stand out in [...]

Capture Donors’ Attention: 4 Direct Mail Fundraising Tips2023-05-18T23:37:05-04:00

Share Your Mission: Empowering Your Nonprofit’s Storytellers


What draws people to your nonprofit, inspires action, and rallies support? The stories you tell. Storytelling is how humans connect, build relationships, learn, and share. Storytelling is how people know who you are. It’s part of branding, but even more, it’s part of developing strong connections with supporters and your community. Nonprofit storytelling is a crucial part of both fundraising and marketing your organization, but it extends beyond the development or marketing departments. From program staff to volunteers, from board members to media contacts, your community is full of people telling your stories. But how do you empower them to be the best [...]

Share Your Mission: Empowering Your Nonprofit’s Storytellers2023-04-13T11:32:13-04:00

3 Summer Fundraising Ideas for Your School Organization


While classes are out for summer vacation, many school organizations are still working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. For example, the PTA might be meeting to plan fun events for students that motivate them to get involved in the community, while the marching band practices for the approaching competitive season. Because these organizations are still meeting, rehearsing, and preparing over the summer, they need to secure the funding and resources that will help them operate in the summer months and during the academic year. This is where summer fundraisers come in. After all, this is the perfect time [...]

3 Summer Fundraising Ideas for Your School Organization2023-04-04T15:36:14-04:00

From Pitch to Partnership: Securing Event Sponsorships


When you’re in the thick of planning a fundraising event, you know that all the details matter, but sponsorships are especially important to maximize revenue and fundraising outcomes. It’s important to note that sponsors should be stewarded differently than your organization’s regular donors. Sponsors typically give larger amounts of cash, in-kind donations, or assets than average donors, which means that you, as a fundraiser, need to employ different strategies to get them onboard and be prepared to spend more time and effort maintaining the relationship. The great thing about these types of sponsorships is that they are a win-win for your [...]

From Pitch to Partnership: Securing Event Sponsorships2023-04-04T09:05:05-04:00

Hosting Engaging Virtual Events: How to Boost Participation


It’s no secret that virtual events can sometimes be a double-edged sword. On one hand, they present great opportunities for interfacing with your nonprofit’s supporters, and growing your community in a convenient, cost-effective way. But, on the other hand, they can sometimes lack the excitement, connection, and fun that in-person events offer. So, what can your nonprofit do to make sure you’re hosting engaging virtual events? In this short guide, we’ll walk you through a few strategies that will help you boost participation at your next virtual event, and make it more memorable: Invest in the right tools for virtual events. Try an [...]

Hosting Engaging Virtual Events: How to Boost Participation2023-04-07T18:25:42-04:00

4 Surefire Strategies for Effective Major Donor Fundraising


There are many ways your nonprofit can raise money for its cause, from launching peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns and hosting events to asking local businesses to sponsor your work. But one of the greatest sources of nonprofit revenue is major gifts, which are the largest individual contributions your organization receives. In fact, nonprofits typically find that 80% of their revenue comes from just 20% of their donors—their major donors! Of course, what constitutes a major gift will vary based on the size and scope of each individual organization, but the importance of these gifts is the same across the board. Without major gifts, you wouldn’t [...]

4 Surefire Strategies for Effective Major Donor Fundraising2023-03-03T13:57:15-05:00

501(c)(3) Checklist: Preparing for Nonprofit Status


If you’re looking into starting a nonprofit, you’re likely passionate about a particular cause. You have a plan to solve an issue or help a group of people and you want to take action to make a difference. You know that your first step is creating a nonprofit and you start by establishing a brand, building a website, and getting the word out. Filing IRS documents might be the last thing you think to do in the startup phase, but the legal and accounting aspects of your organization are crucial from the very beginning. Follow these four steps to gain a [...]

501(c)(3) Checklist: Preparing for Nonprofit Status2023-02-27T08:39:54-05:00

Working with a Nonprofit Tech Consultant: 4 Things to Know


Nonprofit consultants can provide valuable insight for their clients, such as assisting with a new marketing campaign, working to improve stewardship efforts, or helping an organization get ready for a capital campaign. There is a wide range of nonprofit consultants, and while many of them focus on the same aspect of nonprofit management, they will likely differ in their services, process, and specialties. For example, technical nonprofit consulting firms may offer website design, CRM implementation, custom app development, and other services. The exact details of these services will also depend on the size of the consulting firm, how hands-on their process [...]

Working with a Nonprofit Tech Consultant: 4 Things to Know2023-02-07T17:51:15-05:00
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