I think the first thing you have to understand is that any time you ask a donor to give for a specific purpose, the funds given must be used for that purpose. That is called restricted funds. Unrestricted funds are the opposite. They can be used for any expense – including salaries. When we write our fundraising letters, fundraising professionals know that giving for a specific purpose raises more money. This often leaves us with a dilemma – what if we raised more than we need for the purpose?
Organizations who are just starting out know the urgent need for funding. Led by people who, while good-hearted, don't understand the fundamentals of fundraising sustainability. They're often looking for the visible, known, quick solutions to funding their missions....
Beyond the process, learning what funders look for when determining if the organization is a good investment has helped me assist new nonprofits with program development, budgeting, collaboration, and setting the organization’s foundation.
Many Founders and Board Chairs I talk to find it difficult to get their Board members to take responsibility for fundraising. It often comes down to whose responsibility is it? Today, we talk about the responsibilities as it pertains to the Board- collectively and...
I recently received the question, “What are some resources for board development?” To answer your question, here are seven irresistible non-profit board resources.
I’ve chosen this book for several reasons. First, we are talking about boards this month so it fit nicely. Second, it is a quick read – about an hour – so you can quickly get the information and start applying it. Lastly, while many of the 25 habits listed may be difficult for small nonprofits to set, all the habits can either be implemented now or strived to be accomplished in the future. It is worth you and your Board to read.
Everyone seems to be connected on the internet so why not use what you have? Here are some free out-of-the-box resources.
Recently, the Chamber of Commerce in my area held an event cleverly called Get On Boards. It was designed to connect nonprofits with people in the community who wanted to volunteer or be recruited to a nonprofit's board. I have said for a few months now that I was...
One way is to add to your website a mission stories page. This page will house the mission- related stories and pictures that you collect. These stories can be long or short.
We talked about sustainable fundraising earlier. Retaining donors fall into stewardship and one of the easiest ways to retain donors is by email. The best part of email is that you can schedule them, saving you time. Let’s explore an email schedule and how to save time.