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Will 2016 Political Fundraising Hurt Your Nonprofit Fundraising?

Will 2016 Political Fundraising Hurt Your Nonprofit Fundraising?

It’s likely this will be the most expensive presidential election in history. So it’s no surprise if you’re wondering, will political fundraising hurt my nonprofit fundraising this year? The important thing: Don’t use the fall elections as an excuse for not meeting your annual fundraising goals. The smart folks at Blackbaud released a report earlier this year based on the last presidential election that helps unpack Giving in an Election Year: How Political Giving Impacts Nonprofit Support. A few key findings from the report might surprise you: Donors who gave to federal political campaigns in 2012 gave .9% more to the charitable organizations in the study than they gave in 2011. Donor who did NOT give to political campaigns reduced their giving to the charities in the study by 2.1%. This study may have uncovered that high-profile campaign years are ideal target times for nonprofits to acquire young donors. There is a ton of excellent information in the study, but what is most important to remember is that the same actions for maintaining a strong relationship with your donors and building your list of new donors is as important in a federal election year as it is any other year. So, if you think it’s time to stay away from inviting large gifts and increasing both donor retention and acquisition numbers, think again. Here’s my quick recap of the Recommendations for 2016 Fundraising from the Blackbaud report:   Decisions about purchasing lists or making any big push for new donor acquisition and lapsed donor efforts heading into the fall should be based on a well thought-out plan. Donors are being asked A... read more
I’m Tired of Hearing You Don’t Have Enough Money

I’m Tired of Hearing You Don’t Have Enough Money

What feels impossible for your organization? Reaching your fundraising goals this year? Filling all the seats at your event? Having the board do things that. . . affect the bottom line? Watch this video clip from Cameron Herold, world renowned speaker who asks the kind of questions I ask my clients, and then tell me what your organization’s barriers really are. . .

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Last Minute Ideas to Raise More at Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event

Last Minute Ideas to Raise More at Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event

Spring nonprofit fundraising event season is in full swing. I’ve received invitations to wine tastings, silent auctions, breakfast, lunch and dinner events, golf events and even non-event events. You name the type of fundraising event we’re all being invited to them. Whether you are in the final push before your annual fundraising event or planning an event for later this year. . .

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