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Picking a Fundraising Consultant for Major Gift Fundraising

Donor Search

If you’ve decided to go with a fundraising consultant firm to improve your major gift fundraising, that’s great news! Since every consulting firm works differently, finding the right one for your nonprofit will involve a lot…

Bringing on a Fundraising Consultant: A Nonprofit’s Hiring Guide


Are you considering hiring a fundraising consultant? Before beginning your search for the perfect consultant, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the hiring process. Compare consultants. Communicate with your consultant. Compare consultants.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants April 14, 2008 I like hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. Marketing and Fundraising Ideas tells us about how not to ask for a major gift. Next week, the Carnival is being hosted at A Small Change – Fundraising Blog. {

Top 9 Fundraising Consultants for Nonprofit Success

Donor Search

Even the most experienced nonprofit organizations can use some help and support in regards to forming their fundraising strategies. Fundraising consultants are experts in their field who can provide you with a diverse range of tools and skill sets to help you accomplish your goals.

What Fundraisers Need From Technology Consultants (and Vice Versa) : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

What Fundraisers Need From Technology Consultants (and Vice Versa) : Page 1 of 2 : FundRaising Success: "So as a fundraiser, don’t accept a consultant that forces a complete overhaul to the way you’ve always done things. Gensemer offers more things for fundraisers to look for when working with a consultant

More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. What sort of fundraising software are we talking about?

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them. But it isn’t enough to have a rough idea of messaging, an incomplete timeline, some scheduled tweets, and an arbitrary fundraising goal.

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Cutting Through the Noise| A Fundraiser’s Strategy for Sorting It Out

Connection Cafe

Back in the Jurassic period of fundraising — oh, about the early 1980s — things were different… If we wanted information, we subscribed to a magazine, bought a book, or paid to travel to and attend a seminar. If the fundraiser was fortunate, he or she could get some resources at the local library, but being proficient with microfiche and the Dewey Decimal System were important search tools. The bottom line is that Huntsinger was a fundraiser. .

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Nonprofit Data Management

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Nonprofit Data Management March 12, 2007 As you know, nonprofit data management has been a really important issue for me for a long time. So I thought it would be a great subject for the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants hosted here today.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Nonprofit Data Management

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants: Nonprofit Data Management March 12, 2007 As you know, nonprofit data management has been a really important issue for me for a long time. So I thought it would be a great subject for the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants hosted here today.

So You Want to Be a Consultant?

Robert Weiner

So You Want to Be a Consultant? Important tip: The zip/thumb drive that came in the conference packet has a nice hand-out full of consulting-specific links, so be sure to open that zip! Sarah’s list of necessary skills for consultants: Product management. Recommends a book called “Consultants Calling&# — Geoffrey Bellman (it’s on Amazon). Michael: Becoming a consultant seemed natural - he felt compelled to keep coming back to it.

Introducing Groundwire and Groundwire Consulting, Inc.


So we recently launched Groundwire Consulting , the for-profit arm of Groundwire, and are thrilled to work closely with nonprofit organizations, government entities and mission-driven businesses supporting an engaged public with a strong voice. Groundwire Consulting. Groundwire Consulting is a mission-driven B Corp and will continue to offer many of the consulting services we offered as Groundwire.org: Engagement Strategy Consulting. These are exciting times.

Using Social Science to Strengthen Your Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

At its core, fundraising is a persuasive craft. While fundraising communications are often counterintuitive to people outside of the field, the reality is that it most of its best practices are grounded in time-tested techniques and principles of classical rhetoric ?defined

5 Standout Strategies for Year-End Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

For nonprofits, the year-end fundraising season always seems to creep up when you least expect it. Summer fades, the leaves start to change, and before you know it, it’s time to kick your fundraising strategies into high gear again! Fundraising software. Now get to fundraising!

3 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Advocacy Fundraising Moment

Connection Cafe

In the 400-odd days since Donald Trump’s inauguration, fundraising in the nonprofit space has been more competitive and chaotic than ever before. With so much competition, organizations can no longer rely on #GivingTuesday or year-end pushes to meet their fundraising marks.

117 Ways to Improve Your Event Fundraising Results Today


According to the Run Walk Ride fundraising council “The top thirty “thon” event fundraising programs generated $1.69 There are thousands of smaller nonprofits who run peer-to-peer fundraising events. Getting Started With Event Fundraising in 5 Quick Steps.

Year-End Giving Prep: 21 FAQs Answered by Fundraising Experts

Connection Cafe

Recently, Brock Warner (Senior Manager, Fundraising at War Child) and I hosted a webinar regarding end of year fundraising for nonprofits —the things we need to stop doing and things we should be doing instead. What are the 5 W’s for a fundraising appeal?

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3 Keys to Lasting Participant Retention in P2P Fundraising 

Connection Cafe

If you’ve been in peer-to-peer fundraising for any length of time, you don’t need a study to tell you how valuable repeat participants are to your event and your organization. This year’s Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study shows retention rates declining for Walks and 5Ks.

3 Principles Fundraisers Should Adopt from Service Providers

Connection Cafe

I left private legal practice for nonprofit fundraising to get away from the less relational aspects of the service provider-client relationship. I thought nonprofit fundraising was the opposite of lawyering. But the provider-client model is potentially valuable to fundraisers, too.

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Casting Vision for Fundraising Success in 2019

Connection Cafe

Your fundraising goals matter for a reason – life change – remember to share stories to reignite the emotional fire within your community of donors, staff, and volunteers. If you want a thriving organization, you need to champion your fundraising campaigns. ­.

Five Ways to Become a Better Fundraising Professional

Connection Cafe

This past week marked my one year anniversary as a strategy consultant at Blackbaud. The more I engage with clients the more I find myself wishing I knew what I know now when I was on the fundraising staff at a nonprofit. Participate in other fundraising events as often as you can.

Four Trends to Follow at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference

Connection Cafe

This year’s AFP fundraising conference is all about disruption. How are the rules of philanthropy changing, and what does that mean for fundraisers and the supporters they’re accountable to? Fundraising Bright Spots – Jeanne Bell, CompassPoint and Kim Klein, Klein and Roth Consulting.

Why Your Healthcare Nonprofit Needs a Written Fundraising Plan to Succeed

Connection Cafe

Every nonprofit organization – including yours – needs a written fundraising plan in order to be successful. Your healthcare nonprofit’s fundraising plan shouldn’t be “in your head.” Here’s why having a written fundraising is so important for your nonprofit: .

[New eBook] Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

Fund released Underdeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. And this culture cannot be achieved if the only people pushing for it are fundraisers—the very people whose time and resources are already stretched thin.

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Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

Third Sector Labs recently co-hosted a fundraising strategy webinar with Chris Goodman , SVP of Strategy & Marketing for 2Dialog. The topic – “Drive Your Fundraising Success with Strategy, Smart Technology and Better Data” – focused on the importance of aligning fundraising strategy, technology and a data in order to maximize the efficiencies of all three. We opened the event with a short audience poll about fundraising technology.

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6 Ways to Raise More with Facebook Fundraisers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Brent Merritt , a digital strategy consultant at Metric Communications and blogger at The Caliper. Facebook Fundraisers are a relatively new fundraising tool, but they’re already driving a major boost in revenue for some nonprofit organizations.

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Free Webinar on March 19: Working With Consultants

Tech Soup Blog

Coley , and GiftWorks for a free webinar, Leveraged Leadership: Working With Consultants on Tuesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Many nonprofit leaders have limited experience working with a consultant or think they are too expensive for their organization. In this webinar, learn when and how to engage a consultant to leverage your nonprofit's mission. Join Brent Hafele , Donovan A.

Is End of Year Fundraising Really A Myth?

Connection Cafe

For those in the fundraising business, the end of year period means the beginning of not just a new year but the large task of reconciling and reporting all that occurred in the previous days, weeks, months and year. – Danielle Johnson, Senior Interactive Consultant.

3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

Connection Cafe

Campaigns push staff, vendors, and consultants to stretch and test the limits of best practices and tools in communication, fundraising, advertising, branding and targeting. Lesson One: Online Organizing and Fundraising.

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Boiling it Down to the Basics | P2P Fundraising is Defined by Engagement

Connection Cafe

What separates peer-to-peer fundraising from the other revenue channels? She shared that working on a team with peer-to-peer fundraising consultants has made her a better online marketer. Peer-to-peer fundraising is that engagement factor.

Introducing Blackbaud’s Portfolio of Fundraising and Relationship Management Solutions

Connection Cafe

let me confirm that Blackbaud has committed to continued investments and innovation in four primary fundraising and relationship management solutions for nonprofits. But Salesforce out-of-the-box wasn’t built to support mid-size and large nonprofits with their fundraising needs.

5 Secrets to Fundraising like the Big Boys

Connection Cafe

But no matter the size of your nonprofit, you can start achieving your fundraising goals by being smarter about how you ask for support and by using many of the same strategies as the largest nonprofits. Diversify Your Fundraising Tactics. I have a 2 ½ year old son.

Technology, data and fundraising: is it getting too complicated?

3rd Sector Labs

We have been asking nonprofits a very important fundraising question, and getting some surprising results. The question: Is it easier or more complicated to execute a fundraising campaign today than it was 5 or 10 years ago?

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Why Your School Needs a Strong Fundraising Plan to Thrive

Connection Cafe

Joe Garecht has been involved in professional fundraising for over a decade. During that time, he has worked with organizations large and small, helping them design profitable fundraising plans, implement new fundraising strategies, and super-charge their development efforts.

With #IceBucketChallenge in the Rear View, Where Does Fundraising Go from Here?

Connection Cafe

It was faster and greater than any such social fundraising campaign in the number of donors, from all walks of life—from President Bush, Bill Gates, media personalities and CEOs to teachers, students and more. This means lower program and fundraising costs.

Major Gift Fundraising: Facts and Opinions from a Recovering Fundraising Consultant

Tech Soup Blog

Prior to founding NOZA, Craig founded South Coast Strategies, a fundraising consulting firm. During my early years as a fundraising professional, I once heard a line during a fundraising workshop that I've always remembered: "People don't give money to causes.

13 #npEXPERTS Share their Most Valuable Donor Acquisition & Fundraising Ideas

Connection Cafe

Due to the incredible response we received the last time we brought together leading nonprofit experts to share their best fundraising insights, we decided to do it again! That’s right – we’ve rallied 13 nonprofit thought leaders to share their best fundraising strategies, tips and ideas with YOU. I have no doubt that you’ll improve your fundraising efforts and boost acquisition rates if you take the advice each of these professionals are sharing.

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Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

Connection Cafe

As a fundraising analytics consultant, I see a variety of development program structures and fundraising strategies. With a little know-how and the right data insight tools , researchers and direct fundraisers can drive better giving with better return on investment.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

We have everything from: Fundraising & Grants. Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of this increasingly important component of fundraising strategy and will be able to identify and distinguish between the most common planned giving vehicles. Fundraising.

What We Learned About Digital Engagement from the 2019 M+R Benchmarks Report

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Every year, nonprofit consultants M+R release their annual Benchmarks report , which provides an overview of digital trends in the sector. Open rates, fundraising click-through rates and page completion rates for both fundraising and advocacy all went down.

How to Get Started Using Event Metrics for Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

Focus on Event Fundraising Analytics , we looked at how peer-to-peer event metrics let us know if our event planning and execution efforts are paying off in fundraising results. Benchmarks let us know how we perform compared to our event fundraising peers.

Leveraging Petitions for Online Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Across our nonprofit clients, petitions have helped organizations engage their audiences – and more importantly, they’ve been serious fundraising tools in their own right by using upsells to solicit donations immediately after the recipient takes action, when they’re most ready to give.

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