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Media Presentations Now Online

Written by Lynette Scherber on Dec 17, 2015

This year, the regional conferences offered a media track, giving an in-depth look at the media resources offered by TCUSA and hands-on training for their use. Each of the resources was presented in a Prezi format, and each Prezi is now in its respective folder … [ read more ]

Gratitude for Donors?

Written by Patty Baker on Dec 17, 2015

Of course we’re thankful that our donors donate, but to have gratitude means we are ready to show appreciation and kindness to them. Calling donors is a meaningful way to show our appreciation to them and to treat them kindly. As long as you don’t … [ read more ]

“Donate Now” Button on FaceBook

Written by Patty Baker on Oct 08, 2015

Adding a call to action to your FaceBook page can help drive people from Facebook to your website. You can choose from different buttons like Shop Now, Sign Up and Donate Now. FaceBook has rolled out the option for all nonprofits to have Donate Now … [ read more ]

Policies and Procedures, not Excuses

Written by Patty Baker on Jul 02, 2015

My last article talked about a Vigorous Gratitude Program. (VGP) Have you added any new ideas to your plan for thanking donors? Before you get too far with the new ideas, be sure your basic plan is in place. Do you struggle to get donor … [ read more ]

Grant-writing 101

Written by Guest Author on May 27, 2015

Just a reminder that “Grant Writing 101: Your Essential Guide to NonProfit Grant Acquisition” is now available through several online retailers! As you know, grants can be a wonderful asset in implementing important programs, and I know this book can be a useful tool for … [ read more ]

Are You Violating State Charity Laws?

Written by Ted Papit on Mar 16, 2015

Recently a fundraising company was fined more than one million dollars for violating state charity laws! If your Teen Challenge center is incorporated as a religious non-profit you are exempt from registration for solicitation of charitable funds in most states. However, twelve states require registration … [ read more ]

What’s the two most important words?

Written by Patty Baker on Mar 13, 2015

What’s the two most important words in the Fundraiser’s vocabulary? Thank You! We all love to be thanked, we want to feel that whatever we’ve done is appreciated. Most nonprofits have a horrible retention rate. To figure your retention rate How many unique donors did … [ read more ]

22 Phrases that will make your donors feel needed and appreciated

Written by Patty Baker on Mar 02, 2015

You helped us achieve this, (name) Through your kindness today, we can. . . You make turnarounds like this possible. You help us keep that hope alive. Without you, we could never have achieved so much. There is hope. . .and that hope is you, … [ read more ]

Are You Ready for the New Year?

Written by Patty Baker on Dec 12, 2014

Have you put together your fundraising plan for next year? Are you taking this year’s plan and just giving it a few new themes and running with it? If you raised as much money as you projected, then it may be fine to do the … [ read more ]

Why Did the Ice Bucket Challenge Work?

Written by Patty Baker on Sep 29, 2014

Wouldn’t we all like to find that “magic” funding source that raises 3,500% more than the same time last year? That’s exactly what has been raised with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the time I’m typing (August 29th). They have now topped the 100 … [ read more ]