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Make Fall Fundraising Easier – Use July to Prepare!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Fall Fundraising Easier – Use July to Prepare!

Make Fall Fundraising Easier – Use July to Prepare!

July officially starts on Friday – Yikes! – Are you ready? What’s on your list for July? Annual Meetings? Summer field trips? Donor visits? Here’s what I’m thinking about…   Planning My Fall Appeal – If you followed my advice back in February, you will have a draft of your Fall Appeal letter already written. The draft will use what you learned from last year’s appeal as well as your current year’s communications theme. There is no reason not to pull that letter out now, create several versions to meet the needs of your segmented donor file, and PRINT THEM ALL NOW. Print the...

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Strategic Planning and Haircuts

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Strategic Planning and Haircuts

Depending on your experience, Strategic Planning is either your organization’s most important activity every three to five years, a necessary evil that must be endured even though it totally gets in the way of everything important, or the bane of your existence to be avoided at all costs – and expensive consultants just make it all the worse. As a veteran of good, bad, and ugly strategic planning processes, here’s the most important thing I’ve learned about Strategic Planning: Assuming the process has integrity (and that is not a trivial consideration), Strategic Planning takes...

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Everything starts with Strategic Planning

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Everything starts with Strategic Planning

Everything starts with Strategic Planning

Here’s Our Strategic Plan Goal #1: Save the World Goal #2: Raise as Much Money as Possible Goal #3: Be Good to Our People   Happy New Year! This means that 2015 is now history. What happened happened. It’s over. No amount of celebrating will ruin it, and no amount of wailing will change the outcome. The Year is dead! Long live the Year! Or something like that. On the other hand, 2016 yawns in front of us – essentially a blank canvas. If you’re like some non-profit fundraising leaders, you are busy building 2016 goals from 2015 results. We raised this much from our special event, so...

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Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Use a Planning Calendar

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 5 comments

Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Use a Planning Calendar

I remember years ago, working for TNC in Wisconsin. We were working on several big thorny complicated deals, and we were struggling with how we were going to get everything done. Each project was inevitably going to come down to the wire in the same two or three week period. To help facilitate, I cut up strips of paper, each representing the length of time it would take to finish a particular task. And we started moving the strips around on the table to graphically get our heads around how to make the impossible possible. When you do this, you quickly realize two things: First, some things...

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First Take – Fundraising Planning for 2016

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on First Take – Fundraising Planning for 2016

First Take – Fundraising Planning for 2016

By November, you should have most of your fall fundraising pretty well dialed – hopefully, anyway. So now it’s time to start looking ahead to 2016. BEFORE your program people come to you asking if you can raise X or increase giving by Y%, here are some questions you should look at to get ready. First, take a look at what you’ve forecasted for year-end 2015 (See more about forecasting, here). If you plan 2016 based on meeting a goal, and you don’t end up meeting that goal, you’ll be in trouble right out of the gates in January. I once had a boss who asked what I could raise in the coming...

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