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No One Wants to Save a Sinking Ship

In Board Development, Fundraising, Start-ups, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Every organization thinks that they have an important mission and that everyone should support their work. The truth is that not everyone will support your mission, and that is especially true if you are struggling. Furthermore, no one wants to spend their hard earned money supporting an organization that is dying. Asking potential donors to “save” this or that will …

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What’s Your Event Fundraising Strategy

In Fundraising, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Not all events have the same purpose. Before you decide to host an event for your organization, you first need to follow the following steps. Create a special event that is meaningful to your organization, your board, and current volunteers. Pick something that is important but also that the community will want to be a part of and support. Spend …

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Want a Fundraising Board?

In Board Development, Fundraising, Introduction by Geoff Burns

Want a Fundraising Board? By Guest Blogger Karin Cox, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Hartsook Companies, Inc. We often hear nonprofit executives and directors of development complain that their board members don’t fundraise. In their defense, think about all the years that go into making a good fundraiser—the reading, mentoring, seminars and schooling, research, asking questions, making …

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Your Nonprofit Brand

In Evaluations, Fundraising, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Everyone know that money is tight, especially when it comes to non profit organizations, but how can you still accomplish branding your unique non profit with out spending large dollars on marketing? Whether your an Executive Director, a Board Member, or a Staff Member of an organization you are actively involved with your non profits brand; constantly telling your compelling …

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Lead By Example

In Board Development, Evaluations, Fundraising by Geoff Burns

Every organization needs effective leadership. From strategic planning to fundraising, leadership starts with the board of directors. Furthermore, the board should have a strong leader to chair the organization’s priorities. Effective leadership begins with the Chair of the board. This individual must exemplify leadership in both word and deed. It is not enough to “fill the seat.” When organizations struggle, …

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Fundraising from the Heart

In Fundraising, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position to help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort”. -John Maxwell A great fundraiser does not do well simply because of the knowledge he or she acquires, there is another important skill that cannot be taught, and that is passion. Finding passion for raising funds is a key element to connecting with donors, …

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Relational Equity

In Board Development, Fundraising by Geoff Burns

Advancing the mission through philanthropy has less to do with dollars and more to do with experiences and relationships. While increasing funds is always part of fundraising, dollars raised is really a byproduct of strong relational equity. Its About Trust Prospective donors need to trust that their dollars will impact the organization in a positive manner. Transparency is crucial to …