Thinking about thanking: Reflections from years of thank-yous

Donors give to you out of no obligation. That deserves a prompt and personal thank you.

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Why isn’t it a good idea to let your donor cover the credit card fees?

Asking donors to cover credit card fees dramatically reduces conversion rates because it disrupts the flow of charitable thinking.

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Revising foundation proposals: comprehension for the skimming reader

The key to a good proposal is readability. Do the hard work for your reader to avoid confusion and help them catch the gist on a quick skim.

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How to take your foundation proposal to the next level

You’ve got a foundation proposal completely drafted—congrats! What’s the next step to take your proposal from good to great?

Incorporating the vision: Mechanisms in nonprofit governance to ensure founders’ rights

The removal and resignation of Project Veritas’s founder is an occasion to consider different ways to structure nonprofit governance.

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A simple system for turning social media followers into offline donors

If your nonprofit has an audience on social media, the next step is to turn followers into donors. Here’s how.

Planning for the year ahead

Do you have a fundraising plan for 2023? It’s not too late—and it’s critically important. Here’s a crash course.

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Five reasons why your organization needs an integrated calendar

With many demands on your time, creating an integrated calendar for your direct response communications may not top the list of your priorities. Here’s why it should.

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When to send an unsolicited proposal

Building a relationship is certainly the preferred route for getting a grant. But short of that, an unsolicited proposal may be just the trick to get a grant.

5 ways to boost your donor stewardship in 2023

Whether the economy is hurting or thriving, your current donors are your nonprofit’s most valuable resource. How can you best steward those donors to renew and increase their giving?