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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.

Major gifts campaign checklist

Written By: Tony Poderis
December 18, 2006

A successful major gifts fundraising campaign is not magic. It is a straightforward, concise process of executing well-defined components arranged in a step-by-step progression.

Effective event tools and tips

Written By: Paulette Vinette
December 18, 2006

This article offers tools and tips around effective event planning.

Email Donor Newsletters: Improve open rates for online fundraising success

Written By: Alan Sharpe
December 4, 2006

One of the greatest challenges in email fundraising is poor open rates. The majority of donors who subscribe to email donor newsletters receive them but never open them. Improve your open rates today using these proven methods.

Key ingredients to a successful government grant application

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
October 23, 2006

Three key ingredients to add to charities' formulas for successful business grantwriting

Do your donors hear voices (in your donation request letters)?

Written By: Alan Sharpe
October 2, 2006

Fundraising letters are about people. People talk. So your fundraising letters should include the voices of people.

E-mail fundraising serves four strategic functions

Written By: Alan Sharpe
August 8, 2006

E-mail is cheaper than direct mail but that's not why you should embrace it. Your nonprofit organization should be communicating with donors and members by e-mail for four strategic reasons.

Donor day care: Finding the right outsourcing provider

Written By: David Larkins
June 19, 2006

There are thousands of outsourcing providers available, but identifying one that can meet the unique requirements and high standards of nonprofit organizations can be challenging.

Thanking donors right: Sample thank-you letter for gift or contribution

Written By: Alan Sharpe
June 5, 2006

The most important letter in direct mail fundraising never asks for a donation. Thank-you letters increase donor loyalty, strengthen relationships and increase your chances of receiving more gifts in the future, including major gifts and legacy gifts.

Charity begins at home: Raising support among your staff and volunteers

Written By: Abigail Brown
April 3, 2006

Internal fundraising campaigns from within an organization

Fundraising letter response rates

Written By: Alan Sharpe
March 6, 2006

Boost your fundraising response rates by watching these five key statistics.

Online Giving Checklist

Written By: ePhilanthropy Foundation
December 19, 2005

It is crucial that donors research their online giving choices to ensure their support is going to charities they care about for work they value. Here are ten tips to safe and secure online giving based on the ePhilanthropy Code of Ethical Online Philanthropic Practices.

The fallacy of financial ratios - part 2

Written By: Tony Poderis
October 27, 2003

Five actions an organization should take in regard to evaluation and how to collect data.

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