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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.

An introduction to grant reports

Written By: Brian Satterfield
May 25, 2010

No matter what the guidelines or deadlines for your particular grant, you'll eventually need to sit down and explain to your funder how you spent all those dollars and cents.

Four key roles your supporters can play in fundraising and marketing campaigns

Written By: Rebecca Post
April 26, 2010

How to convert supporters into marketers.

Short- and long-term approaches to finding new revenue sources

Written By: Rebecca Post
March 22, 2010

A summary of new revenue sources for fundraising efforts.

Fundraising Q&A: How to choose what charity to support

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
January 25, 2010

This article offers information on how to research charities, especially through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Fundraising Q&A: Get your grant proposal past the initial screening process

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
October 26, 2009

This article discusses how to create a successful grant proposal. The article shows how to decide where to apply for funding and what funders like to see in submitted proposals.

The brave new world of constituent relationship management: Seven reasons to get on board

Written By: Annette Balgord
August 31, 2009

Many nonprofits struggle to achieve the coveted 360 degree view of their constituency. Why? The biggest culprit is not talent - it's technology!

Direct mail fundraising letters: Six ways not to decide their length

Written By: Alan Sharpe
August 17, 2009

If you send out direct mail fundraising letters, be sure you're not using these criteria to decide on the appropriate length.

How to take your proposals from Trash it! to Fund it!

Written By: Rachel Foster
March 23, 2009

According to a survey conducted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the number one complaint from foundations is that applicants submit proposals that do not match their guidelines.

Fundraising Q&A: Does the recession call for a bucket or an umbrella?

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
January 26, 2009

This article is about the 2009 recession and how fundraisers can weather the storm including through good stewardship practices and a major gifts program.

Recession-ready fundraising: Recommendations for surviving hard times

Written By: Anisha Robinson Keeys
November 24, 2008

How to maintain financial stability in a recession.

Appealing to donors for their dollars

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
October 14, 2008

In the ultra-competitive world of charitable enterprise, the communications quest for donor dollars often takes a path that circumvents focus on the pocketbook and instead appeals to the area just behind the breast pocket: the heart.

With fundraising software, it pays to be exclusive in data entry

Written By: Alan Sharpe
September 22, 2008

How and why to maintain integrity of donor databases

The ubiquitous charitable golf tourney: Hole-in-one or vicious slice?

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
June 9, 2008

While thousands of Canadians hack away in frustration at those little white golf balls - all in the name of a good cause - the question remains: is the ubiquitous charity golf tourney worth the effort nonprofits put into them?

Tracking constituents in small and mid-sized organizations

Written By: Laura S. Quinn
March 24, 2008

Best practices for selecting and managing a constituent database at smaller NPOs.

Online fundraising: Four deadly blunders to avoid

Written By: Alan Sharpe
February 11, 2008

For many nonprofits, the quickest way they can scare away donors is to direct them to the organization's website. Too many nonprofit websites are making blunders that discourage donors from browsing, donating, volunteering or referring others to the site.

Six unique online fundraising techniques for your nonprofit – E-mail

Written By: Lance Trebesch and Taylor Robinson
December 10, 2007

Why email for fundraisers? Here are 4 key reasons: Cost effective, Relationships, Fundraising Awareness, Community.

Six unique online fundraising techniques for your nonprofit - Online Auctions

Written By: Lance Trebesch and Taylor Robinson
October 9, 2007

The use of an online auction in your nonprofit will reduce the amount of resources required to host the auction, while maximizing the potential profits.

Tapping the philanthropic well

Written By: Tony Poderis
June 4, 2007

Principal fundraising truth: You go where money you think you can get is to be found in the greatest quantities and most of the time that means you look to the individual donor.

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