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What is it That You are REALLY Afraid Of?

What is it That You are REALLY Afraid Of?

Your important work requires philanthropic support. Philanthropists are people who support important work.

The only thing holding those philanthropists back from making a significant contribution to your work is that someone (YOU) failed to make the invitation.

Why Donors Stop Giving

Why Donors Stop Giving

The truth to why your donors stop giving is that they lose interest. They don’t feel their gift matters enough to keep giving it.

I recently talked with the team at a large nonprofit and discovered that other than the thank you letter or email after a contribution, there is no other communication with donors until it’s time to ask for another gift. Yikes!

Overcoming the Fear of Fundraising

Overcoming the Fear of Fundraising

Once upon a time there was a passionate CEO of a nonprofit organization. We’ll call her Susan. She wanted to make a bigger impact in the world by helping more men, women, and children. Susan’s gift was her ability to envision and design amazing programming that built...
Your Nonprofit Storytelling Questions Answered

Your Nonprofit Storytelling Questions Answered

Recently I was honored to be invited to deliver a web class for Firespring the superstar website folks. We talked about Powerfully Sharing Stories to Attract and Retain Your Donors.

Since there were a few questions asked during the session that relate to many of you I thought I’d share my answers here.