Monthly Archives: June 2011

9 Individual Donor Giving Trends

Despite the need for major gifts and foundation support, nonprofits still depend on the contributions they receive from individual donors, from that $25 check on up. Speaking at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fund Raising Day in New York … Continue reading

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Focus on what IS working – be positive

Can you discipline yourself to focus on the “bright spots”? Here’s the idea: instead of asking yourself why giving is down, look at which donors gave more this year and find out why. Instead of agonizing over why your latest … Continue reading

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5 things Donors want to know…

The fundraising landscape is evolving, as it has been for a while. During the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fund Raising Day in New York 2011, Farra Trompeter of Big Duck, Lesley Hostetter of Lautman Maska Neill & Company and … Continue reading

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When Donors Disappear

Donors don’t often complain; however, they may be dissatisfied. They aren’t saying this, but they might be thinking it. 1. They’re unhappy. There are two industries in which people are often unhappy with service but don’t complain: health care and … Continue reading

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Increase Volunteerism = Increase Donations

When I get engaged and deeply involved in a mission, I’m always more committed to responding to financial appeals. Do you know where your donors are hiding? From volunteers to advocates to event attendees to program recipients–these overlooked segments are … Continue reading

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Donors are Inspired and gain Confidence if you have a PLAN.

Do you have a plan, and is it sound? A ministry with a plan, a project, some indication that activity is occurring, has an advantage in fundraising. Is there a new aspect of your ministry you want to get underway? … Continue reading

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Individual Charitable Giving way up in 2010

Giving USA’s 2010 report is out, and it says giving is up! Here’s some good news: According to the newly released Giving USA 2011, giving was up 2% (adjusted for inflation) in 2010 after two years of record decline, totaling … Continue reading

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