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Best practices in charity annual reporting: Top ten tips

Written By: The Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards
June 29, 2012

Follow these annual reporting tips compiled by the judges of the Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards.

Think outside the fundraising box

Written By: Kari Kiel
June 14, 2012

Achieve your fundraising goals and spread awareness about your cause with a unique fundraiser.

Deconstructing Philanthropy: The fossilized newsletter?

Written By: Fraser Green
June 10, 2012

Is there still a place for print in 2012? Does your full-colour glossy mailer get read from cover to cover or tossed in the blue bin with barely a glance?

Fundraising Q&A: Helping your board to fundraise

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
May 30, 2012

Help your board become more effective in their fundraising.

Foundations: The inside scoop

Written By: Elisa Birnbaum
April 2, 2012

One of our readers recently asked us "What actually happens to a grant proposal once it's submitted to a foundation?" We went right to the source and spoke with three funders who gave us a crash course in foundation fundamentals.

Fundraising Q&A: Donor recognition and stewardship

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
March 26, 2012

Each month, Cynthia J. Armour offers expert advice and feedback about the fundraising issues and challenges facing nonprofits. This month she discusses how to thank and steward your donors.

Nothing's certain but death and taxes: A brief guide to planned giving programs

Written By: Benita Aalto
February 27, 2012

Is a planned giving program the right choice for your organization? This articles addresses common planned giving myths, including that legacy programs are only for large and well established organizations, and also offers tips on setting up a program of your own.

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.

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