Fundraising 101

Five Ways to Avoid Volunteer Mishaps

When a friend asks you to volunteer with her for a cause she cares about, you say yes. Or at least I did last week.  Though she had little information about the event or the organization – what tasks we were to perform, where exactly the funds went, or even…
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

Who is Behind You?

For the past eight months, I have helped my client, B’nai B’rith Beber Camp, raise money for their Annual Campaign for Scholarship. One of Beber Camp’s fundamental beliefs is that no child should be denied access to a summer experience based on financial need. The people I have met –…
Fundraising 101

Fundraising Time Management

The hardest part about our jobs is figuring out how to fit in everything we must accomplish.  When faced with lean budgets and even leaner professional teams, nonprofit development pros have a harder time than most trying to do get it all done without sacrificing their personal lives or feeling…
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…