A 360-degree review can help uncover cultural issues about which board members may be totally unaware, the kinds of issues that run good staff—fundraisers as well as other professionals—out the door. A regular, 360-degree review process of nonprofit CEOs just might help end the revolving door crisis in fundraising.
Before #GivingTuesday, I challenge everyone to subscribe to one of the Presidential candidates’ email newsletters. It doesn’t matter which candidate you pick…You’ll immediately begin receiving multiple messages in a single day…And all of them will ask for money. Every single one.
As you plan your week, ask yourself: which things on your to-do list are going to move the needle, which have to be done but carry no brownie points for doing well? And which should you give as little time and energy as possible? Then, give yourself permission to arrange your time accordingly.
You can find grants that your organization can apply for without spending a lot of money on a database subscription. Here are several places to look –
When fundraising isn’t good, it is never [or almost never] simply the result of having an ineffective development professional. When fundraising isn’t strong, it’s because one or more of these things at your organization is broken, damaged, or failing. This isn’t to say that a good or bad fundraiser doesn’t matter; it’s simply that that isn’t the whole story (often it’s not even the biggest part of the story). The bad news here, also, is that a great fundraiser can’t fix fundraising when other fundamental organizational things are broken. Before you reach for a pink slip…
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.