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How Restricted Funds Factor Into Your Fundraising Letter

How Restricted Funds Factor Into Your Fundraising Letter

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?

The 3 Myths Stopping You from Fundraising

The 3 Myths Stopping You from Fundraising

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....

My #1 Success in Grant Writing

My #1 Success in Grant Writing

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.

Whose Responsibility is Fundraising Anyway?

Whose Responsibility is Fundraising Anyway?

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...

Book Review: The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful People

Book Review: The Fundraising Habits of Supremely Successful People

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.

Easiest Free Way to Retain Donors and Get Funding

Easiest Free Way to Retain Donors and Get Funding

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. 

Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Grant Money? A How To Know Guide

This is part one of a two-part series. New and small nonprofits often think of Grants as easy funding sources. Grants are not easy. They require some work on your nonprofit’s part and may come with strings. Even with that said, grants should be part of a nonprofit...

Want to Finally Fund Your Mission? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Now is the time to start making plans to fund your mission. Did you know that 53.8% of nonprofits start planning their year-end appeal campaign in October? Did you know that 59.9% of nonprofits make between 1-3 donor “touches” for their year-end campaign? That campaign usually includes appeal letters! Did you know 28% of nonprofits raise 26-50% of their annual funds from their year-end ask? Would you like to be in that 28%? What could you do with those funds? To help you through the process, the entire month of October will be dedicated to Appeal letters.

I Have a 501(c)3! Now What?!?

My #1 most asked question by Founders goes like this: I have my 501(c)3! Now what? Founders have jumped through all the hoops of getting the idea in their head to an idea on paper but how do you get it from paper to reality? Most Founders I talk to have never worked...

Successful Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits

“We’re just starting out and don’t have a lot of original content or a program to promote but we need a social media presence. What do we post?” This is a dilemma I hear often. I always recommend a social media strategy called 4-1-1. It comes from social media experts...

How to Develop a Program that will Make You Grant Ready (and a Free Worksheet)

You got into nonprofit work to not just do something about a problem but to solve it. Programs are how you do something about a problem and they serve as your proof of concept. Developing a program is crucial to your organization's prosperity. Programs allow you to...

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Hi! I’m Alesha. I teach new and small nonprofit leaders how to raise funds so that they can transform the lives of the people they want to serve. I help them set foundations that get them ready for grants and donations. I walk you through sound fundraising practices- action step by action step- to alleviate the overwhelm and make you productive and successfully following your passion for helping people. I also help the overwhelm by taking fundraising tasks off of your plate.

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