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Fundraising Q&A: The benefits of monthly giving

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
February 27, 2012

Why organizations should consider setting up a monthly giving program.

Microgiving: Small acts lead to big successes

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
October 31, 2011

Can a few dollars produce significant impact? And by a few we mean very little. Because that's the idea behind microgiving, a relatively new approach to fundraising that asks multiple donors to cough up small amounts of cash to support a cause.

Generous to a vault: Taking your proposal to the bank

Written By: Benita Aalto
October 31, 2011

Sooner or later, your nonprofit will consider approaching a bank for support, sponsorship or a donation. To help you save time, CharityVillage® has compiled a list of Canada's five major banks, how they focus their funding, what they don't fund, how to apply and how long you should expect to wait for a response.

You can't mine what you don't have! Collecting and storing your donor data

Written By: Sharron Batsch
October 17, 2011

Many organizations, and many more than we would like to think, have not managed their donor information well or with an eye to the future. In fact, they have placed their organization at risk due to the loss of valuable data.

Fundraising Q&A: When a donor turns down a major gift opportunity

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
September 26, 2011

What do you do once a major donor turns down a gift proposal?

Fundraising Q&A: Asking a friend for a major gift: Part two

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
August 22, 2011

This article helps you overcome the fear of asking a friend for a donation by outlining the six (not so big) secrets of major gifts.

Fundraising Q&A: Summer activities to strengthen your fundraising program

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
June 28, 2011

This article suggests several activities you can undertake over the summer to help raise more money all year long.

Fundraising Q&A: What should I include in my annual report?

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
May 24, 2011

This article reviews the purpose of the annual report and helps you decide what to put in it.

Why run when you can walk? The evolution of walkathons

Written By: Karen Kotzen
May 24, 2011

Using a walk for the dual goals of generating awareness and raising money has become a strategic choice for many charitable organizations. But is the competition too much?

Ten keys to working with corporations - without selling your soul

Written By: Benita Aalto
May 10, 2011

The work you do to find the right corporate partners can help make you a stronger, more creative, more focused organization — even before you receive the cheque.

Seven ideas to engage prospects

Written By: Ketchum Canada Inc. (KCI)
May 10, 2011

Providing prospects with a wide variety of engagement opportunities is critical to stemming leaks once they reach the cultivation stage of the development cycle.

Five characteristics of a healthy prospect pipeline

Written By: Ketchum Canada Inc. (KCI)
May 3, 2011

How do you know if your pipeline is healthy? We’ve identified certain core characteristics of a healthy prospect pipeline.

Downgrading: When asking for less gets you more

Written By: Jonathon Grapsas
April 5, 2011

Why it might be a good idea to proactively "downgrade" monthly donors.

How to write the perfect fundraising letter

Written By: Sumac Research
December 13, 2010

Strategies to help write the perfect fundraising letter.

Social media success stories: 5 tips to take away

Written By: Sumac Research
November 22, 2010

Top five tips for making your social media effort a success

Fundraising Q&A: The implications of having no donations

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
November 22, 2010

This article addresses the numerous potential issues that can arise if your organization has no fundraising income.

Fundraising Q&A: The implications of no fundraising

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
November 22, 2010

This article explores what happens when a charity hasn't done any fundraising over the course of a year and how it affects their charitable registration status.

Your planned giving program was approved - now what?

Written By: Diane MacDonald
September 27, 2010

More and more, the area of gift planning is becoming an important fundraising activity with Canadian charities. It allows donors to consider leaving a gift today and later in life, along with the tax implications of those gifts. Whether you are thinking of starting a Planned Giving program or have recently implemented a new program, the following considerations will be key in ensuring its future success.

Fifteen ways to improve your online fundraising

Written By: Annette Balgord
August 30, 2010

In honour of the 15th anniversary of CharityVillage, following are 15 ways your organization can make it easier for your donors, advocates, and members to support and donate to your organization online.

Fundraising Q&A: 15 points for building your fundraising plan

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
July 26, 2010

This article outlines 15 points to consider when building your fundraising plan.

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