Your annual report: essential, not expensive

For many of us, the words “annual report” suggests a substantial writing/editing assignment and the customary expensive color printing and delivery. Certainly large, institutional-stage nonprofits and corporations often publish stunning, award-winning products with photography or design costs that are probably more than your annual marketing budget. But the truth is, a small or midsize nonprofit’s […]

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Fresh fundraising ideas

We all know that fundraising can bring great rewards but also be drudgery and relentless pressure. When you’ve had some success, it’s hard to avoid getting stuck in the same routine and tactics, year after year. Here are some fresh ideas from our colleagues throughout the sector that just might give your plans and fundraising […]

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Are you a good match for that funder?

Fundraising for a small and growing nonprofit can be an emotional roller-coaster of hopes and disappointments. At times you may be aware of an exciting opportunity to submit a proposal, and your judgment can be eclipsed by the short timeframe to the deadline or the heady potential of thinking, “This is THE grant that will […]

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Are you fundraising in a “vacuum?”

Operating “in a vacuum” generally refers to action taken without any connection to other people or events. It’s hard to imagine in any context how being in a vacuum is a positive. When leaders in our sector use this phrase, there are actually two definitions, and you may need to consider whether one or both […]

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