Tag: fundraising

Entrepreneurs Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Announces Winners of the Impact Awards

Mayor Steve Adler kicked off the Entrepreneurs Foundation’s (EF) 20th year celebration, saying “the Entrepreneurs Foundation has long been at the forefront of engaging technology entrepreneurs and their companies in Austin. We are a better city because of EF and their member organizations’ commitment to building high performing cultures enriched by civic and philanthropic contributions.” During its 20 years, the Entrepreneurs Foundation has raised… Read more »

Charles Schwab’s Charitable Efforts in Connection with Golf Tournament Aim to Benefit Dallas-Fort Worth Area Youth, Military

In its first year as title sponsor, Charles Schwab is introducing a number of additions to the charitable programs associated with the 2019 Charles Schwab Challenge. Today, the company announced that the enhancements to the storied golf tournament will continue off the course, as well. The tournament’s long history of helping those in need throughout the state and Dallas-Fort Worth community also will receive… Read more »

I was a 1st-time donor…. and I loved their THANK YOU note! (Which means {you guessed it!} I might become a 2nd-time donor…)

Dear Tom, [the letter began] You care about kids! I know you do. You know why? Because your gift of $250 just came across my desk. It’s been a tough legislative session for our kids in the public school system, but you are a bright spot! Your generosity will help us continue the fight for our students. Tom, I know you live out of… Read more »

Breaking the Ignorance Ceiling

Why this book screamed to be made In the US, as of 2017, there were something like 1.3 million government-sanctioned charitable organizations. It’s a growing sector: at current rates, about 47,000 new US charities are born each year.[1] Is that a lot or a little, for a nation of some 330 million? I say it’s a lot. After all, the same population gets by with… Read more »

Some Say Fundraising Is Just Sales: They’re Wrong!

Early in my 30-plus year career in the philanthropic arena, I was looking for a major gifts officer for a reproductive health clinic in Los Angeles. Of the many résumés I received, one was from a candidate with ten years of solid experience—but for eight of those ten years, he worked for religious charities that opposed the values held by my organization. Within the… Read more »

Return On Investment – A new age of business-mindedness dawns for nonprofit enterprises

Suddenly it seems like everyone’s talking about it. Or maybe “finally” is better than suddenly. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has gotten weighty on the subject. On June 7, it featured a scathing article by Amanda Pearce, CFRE, under the headline, “Nonprofit is a Tax Status, NOT a Business Model.” Even US charity watchdogs have admitted they got it wrong. In case no one at… Read more »

Scarcity or Abundance? An Experiment in Collaborative Fundraising

Many of the principles of fundraising I learned early on really are true: listen to prospective donors to connect them to your cause; build relationships to move supporters to the next level of giving; and thank donors more often than you ask for money. These do result in better fundraising outcomes. But based on my recent experience, I’m wondering if the scarcity-based approach of holding your funding sources under lock and key could use an upgrade.

A new conservation grantmaking strategy for today’s challenges

People of the North American West depend on healthy rivers, national parks, forests, monuments, and other public and working lands to sustain their families and their communities. These majestic landscapes provide refuge and inspiration, and fulfill economic, cultural, and spiritual needs. And yet, we are losing the equivalent of a football field of natural land in the Western United States every two-and-a-half minutes. Family… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications – Part II

7. Donors aren’t forever. Mostly. Again: Why do you need a donor acquisition program as well as a donor relationship program? Because donors come and go, like pee holes in the snow. A couple of years ago, I polled experts around the world with the question, “How long does the average donor stick with a charity?” There was a gawdly lot of hemming and… Read more »

The Best Route to Approaching Donors: Hand-Head-Heart

As someone who began her career as a fund raiser and migrated to become a funder as head of a large corporate foundation, I have a somewhat unique vantage point on the struggle many nonprofits endure when engaging funders and major donors to support their cause. In speaking with executive and development officers who are charged with fundraising, I find it most helpful to… Read more »

Funding Alert

Funding News and Grant Tips   Registration is now open for the Funding Information Center’s annual grant writing workshop/webinar. Please go to http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-3.aspx#R for details and instructions.   Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Report on HIV, Opioid Epidemic http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-4-1.aspx#A   2018 County Health Rankings Highlight Disparities by Place and Race http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-4-1.aspx#B   Community Health Centers Don’t Have Capacity to Expand http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-4-1.aspx#C   Parents’ Giving Habits… Read more »

Board expert to lead boot camp

Learn what it takes to govern efficiently Be part of Board Boot Camp on Saturday, April 21. Jennifer Moriarty, the founder of Moriarty Consulting Group, will lead board members and executive directors through the fundamentals of effective board governance the basic roles and responsibilities of a board strategies for building effective board structures. $5.1M raised during Big GiveOver 600 nonprofits participated in 24 hours of… Read more »

At this latest fundraising conference, I at last began to wonder . . . 
”What is abuse?”


Witness one form of abuse unique to fundraising . . . You get the training. You learn, say, how and why donor-centered communications raise lots more money. But your boss doesn’t like the way donor-centered communications sound … so your boss says no.

Why? Because your boss doesn’t know any better. Because your boss trusts her own uninformed hunches, instincts, opinions more than she or he trusts you and the training you’ve just received. 

And you need the job . . .