Today, October 1st, is the first day of the 4th quarter of the calendar year and the 4th quarter of the fiscal year for many of us. In September, the Association of Fundraising Professionals reported that in 2019, giving as measured by every metric was down. Compared with the first half of 2018, giving in the first half of this year was :

  • Overall dollars raised: Down 7.3%
  • Number of donors: Down 5.8%
  • Gifts of $1k or more: Down 8.2%
  • Gifts of $250 – $999:  Down 3.5%

This puts enormous pressure on the end of the year. So what can you do to ensure your year finishes strong?  I’ve pulled together a collection of some of my best advice from prior blogs to help guide you to success:

You’ll find suggestions like challenge gifts, competitions, and more in my collection of year end advice articles.  Read more –

Finally, don’t give up. My mom is one of the most determined people I know. She didn’t go to college until I was in middle school. By the time I graduated from high school, she had 3 college degrees. Her words always echo in my head:  “Can’t Never Could!” Don’t think “can’t” because you can!

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