Fundraising 101

2 Steps to Cleaner, Easier Data

I’ve been thinking a lot about databases recently. During the past two years, I’ve worked in dozens of databases, helped clients move away from multiple spreadsheets to one cohesive system, moved clients into their first database system, converted clients from one system to another and helped others restructure their systems…
Fundraising 101

Just How Organized Are You?

Whether planning an event, sending a direct mail appeal, or simply taking care of day-to-day business, getting organized should be the most important part of your day. We’re all guilty of forgetting to make a phone call or following up with a prospect from time to time, but the more significant errors…
Fundraising 101

Planning for the Future

Definition: Endowment, specifically, is a gift of money or income producing property to an organization for general operating support or a specific purpose (such as research or scholarships). Generally, the endowed asset is kept intact and only the interest or earnings generated by it is consumed – 5% annually. An…
Fundraising 101

What is a Major Gift?

Major Gifts are the backbone of your campaign.  They fund new initiatives and keep your existing programs running. They also help identify individuals who are invested in the growth of the organization that you can continue to steward to increase their annual gift.  It is important that your organization has…