8 Over-Looked Donor Prospects Hidden In Your Database, Just Waiting to Give More

Guest post by Steven Shattuck of Bloomerang News, Stories

  Republished with permission There’s little argument that long-term, loyal donors are your best prospects for things like major gifts and planned gifts. Monthly donors, active volunteers, current and former service recipients, and the securely retired (especially the childless and empty-nesters) are also great prospects. But who else might be lurking in your donor database that doesn’t necessarily scream “I could …

Are You Interesting?

Guest post by NLC trainer Sara Leonard News, Stories

Republished with permission Are you interesting? As fundraising professionals, our job is to develop relationships on behalf of our organizations. If we are going to do that well, we have to be interesting. How do you get interesting? Get out of your office! Many fundraisers wear “working all the time” as a badge of honor. They brag about being the …

Announcing the NLC Fellowship in Fund Development!

Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications Stories

We’re thrilled to announce our all-new NLC Fellowship in Fund Development. Our CEO, Emily, participated in a Fellowship program early in her career and found the experience transformative: “I was chosen for a prestigious Fellowship in Orchestra Management right out of college, and it influenced my entire career!” She may have since found her true vocation in fundraising but she’s never …

Raising Investment Capital and Fundraising – Not the Same

Guest post by NLC Trainer Sara Leonard Stories

republished with permission In 2016, I worked with five nonprofits engaged in The Patterson Foundation’s Margin Mission Ignition program. After completing a strenuous business planning process, it was time for these organizations to implement their plans. A key part of any social enterprise plan – and ultimately successful implementation – is raising investment capital. It’s not uncommon for nonprofit organizations to pursue social …

Fundraising and an Indie Record Label

Sara Leonard News, Stories

WUSF, our local NPR station (www.wusf.edu), had a great story about XL Recordings and for just a minute I thought they were talking about fundraising. “A Record Label With a Midas Touch” tells the story of XL Recordings, a British independent record company owned by Richard Russell. Though I’d never heard of XL Recordings, I’d certainly heard of their biggest …

10 Ways to Engage Your Board in Fundraising

Grace Armstrong Tips

As nonprofit leaders, we need all the help we can get raising resources for our organizations. Here are some ways to engage your board in fundraising. 10. Know what you want and need from your board members.Before you can engage board members to help you fundraise, they need to understand what your organization needs. Your board must clearly see your vision and …

8 Nonprofit Resources to Help You Measure Impact

Ashley Pero Tips

Your organization does great work. You’re changing the world. But can you prove it? Measuring your program’s outcomes — the benefits or results your organization has on your constituents or participants — provides you measurable proof.  The ability to measure and show your impact is critical for fundraising. But finding nonprofit resources to help you demonstrate impact isn’t always easy. So …

Just Released: Giving USA 2014

Sara Leonard Uncategorized

The 5 Articles series features articles covering subjects relevant to nonprofit success, leadership, marketing, human resources, communications, social media, finance and governance – articles we’d consider must reads. With so much out there to take in, we want to share five that we don’t think you should miss. Enjoy! Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, the seminal publication reporting …