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Water, water everywhere….

….and not a drop to drink. A Britta filtration system costs about 1/10th of the income of an average Indian family. Plus they have to have extra filters…..but the Britta only works if there is water to filter.  But what can we do about their water needs? A few things: Give a well as a […]

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Job, the Philanthropist

‘It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.’ This is from the Book The Invitation […]

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7 Secrets to Spectacular Fundraising Events

Events can be GREAT and they can be NIGHTMARES! We all do them. We all attend them. We all love and hate them (sometimes simultaneously) and so what is it that we can do to make the most of events? Here are the 7 secrets to creating the best fundraising events possible! 1. Be clear […]

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G+A+S or G+O+D?

I realize that most fundraisers have higher goals and less help than ever before, and that if we are going to keep our jobs we have to meet our goals. That mindset can push us a bit too far into the “sales” model of fundraising which always concerns me. It is true that if we […]

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100 Ways to Thank a Volunteer

This is complied from suggestions by hundreds of fundraising volunteers and professionals! • Smile • Put up a suggestion box • Send a birthday card • Give a recognition pin • Maintain a coffee bar • Give them a phone and an office • Arrange for discounts or coupons • Give a public reception • List their […]

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Three Secrets of Being a Great Fundraiser

Sometimes people ask me what it takes to be a great fundraiser. Admittedly my answer can change depending on the day, but here are three top secrets to being a great fundraiser; First, you must have passion about and commitment to the cause you are asking on behalf of. It is important to like the people […]

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Grant Writing vs. Individual Cultivation; Personal Giving vs. Personal Pleasures

Here is the 2011 breakdown of who made charitable contributions.  It is critical that people preparing to ask for money understand the implications of this chart from the executive report from Giving USA. Dead people gave more money than corporations. Individuals gave MUCH more money than foundations. Approximately $300 billion is a whole bunch of money! […]

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30 Promotion Ideas and Tips

1.       Smile. 2.      Introduce yourself. 3.      Spit out the gum. 4.     Shake hands firmly and confidently. 5.      Look your prospect /donor in the eye. 6.      Mirror their behavior and words. 7.       Say “thank you” 7 times in 7 different ways. 8.      Shower your current supporters with special treats. 9.      Welcome them as though they are the only people […]

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