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Blog Profile / A Small Change

Filed Under:NGOs & Nonprofits / Fundraising
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Archived Since:May 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Turning it Over to the Donor

Did you know that your donors can give more than money? Of course you do—many organizations strongest advocates are their major and monthly donors. Giving results out of a desire to make a difference to impact something you care about. Perhaps your non-profit has a small staff (maybe just you) and only a handful of […]

Designing Your Event

You’ll be most successful if you’re always thinking of your main goal as you design your event. Are you trying to thank and recognize, educate and make a case for support or raise money? Again, clearly define your goal and design the event from there. Let’s say you decide that your major donors should see […]

Ratios Versus Results

What does your non-profit stand for? How do you raise money? As donors ask more and more for outcomes and details about programs what sets your organization apart? What figures, stats and stories do you use to tell your story? Do you know if your programs are better than the programs of other organizations? Too […]

Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do. In a […]

The Art of Phone Follow Up

Follow up calls use to be the least favorite part of my job. It can be a lot of mental work to sit down with a list of phone numbers and make call after call after call. But, the more I started to make follow up calls the more I started to like them. How […]

Broad and Transparent Giving

There seems to be a fear in the traditional non-profit world in telling donors too much, or in revealing too much about your organization. I think there was a time when donors asked fewer questions and demanded less accountability. Today more than ever before donors want to know that their money is going to make […]

Engaging Board Members & Volunteers

Lets talk a little more about getting donors (and board members) involved in your nonprofit. I think that it is important that we do not take a too narrow view of fund development. Every nonprofit has a lot of different needs that vary from simple volunteer tasks like sorting or answering phones all the way […]

Setting Sponsorship Levels

Reader Question: “We are looking at having a community wide 5K run to help raise funds for the sports programs at our elementary school. We are planning for about 1,000 people. We are charging $20 for adults and $15 for kids. It’s in Berryessa, San Jose, CA. We wanted to have 3 tiers of sponsorship. […]

Event Sponsorship Levels

Do you struggle setting levels for your sponsorship events? Ever wonder what is too high or what is too low? I think those are questions everyone struggles with when you first start a sponsorship program. Before you set your levels make sure that you have some way to steward and work with these groups (see […]

Party for a Party’s Sake

This post is part of a series on non-profit events. From time to time I will have guest authors write in on topics they have an expertise in. Thank you Brenda for taking the time to share some of your thoughts and advice on non-profit events.- Jason When staff members get together to talk about […]

Starting a Business Program- PART 2

Read PART 1 about working with employee groups and setting up a gift acceptance policy. When starting your program you can look to develop in a few different ways (cont’d): Have businesses sponsor event or programs. Look at your organization and figure out what is that you have that you can “sell” to a local […]

Starting a Business Program- PART 1

How do you start and cultivate relationships with local businesses? This is a question that I ask myself every day. I work as the project lead for the business giving program at my work. As you look to start engaging with local businesses it is important to have a gift acceptance policy. Who will you […]

No need to fear

I have talked with a lot of different people about fundraising for their organization. One thing that I have continued to find is that there are a lot of misconceptions about fundraising. I think that everyone has heard all of the horror stories about going door to door and asking you friends and neighbors to […]

Making “The Ask”

I think that making “The Ask” is most people’s number one fear in fundraising. But in my experience making “The Ask” has been one of the easiest parts of fundraising. It does not have to be a scary or frustrating thing at all. Many nonprofits make the mistake of spending all their time planning “The […]

Event Invitation Mistakes

I’m not an events guy. I’m learning a lot in terms of trial by fire with events. Here are a few of the mistakes I’ve made that I thought I’d share with you so you don’t make my mistakes. Feel free to add a mistake of your own, it may help me avoid it next […]

Adding Value

Introducing yourself to a donor as the primary purpose of communication does not add value to their experience with the organization. In an industry with 18 to 36 month turnover on the average development officer, many donors have a relationship with the nonprofit that extends beyond the life of their development officer. I recently inherited [...]

Setting Expectations

Nonprofits constantly struggle developing the capacity to sustain and grow their work. I discussed a little bit of this struggle in one of my last posts Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry. Part of planning for the future with your organization involves setting realistic expectations and providing your fundraising department the room it needs [...]

New Job Board Feature!

I am excited to announce that A Small Change – Fundraising Blog has just started a job board. There is a lot about this board that is in development but I intend for it to be something specially designed to meet our needs as fundraisers. I have been really surprised at how few great job [...]

Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry

Every community has a few established nonprofits that are raising big money and are super respected. Every community has hundreds of nonprofits just barely getting by. The established and successful nonprofits have robust annual programs that feed a developed major gifts program. Their major gifts program brings in the bulk of the dollars and the [...]

Revitalizing Fundraising

We work in a challenging profession. There is a lot about what we do that is exciting but a lot that can sometime feel overwhelming. My wife and I recently had a baby. I use to think I had some measure of selflessness in me. Getting married I started to get a vague idea that [...]

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