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Fundraising and My Cousin Judy

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 01:28 PM

How My Cousin Judy Taught Me About Fundraising - and Never Knew She Did

When we were kids, I used to envy my cousin Judy no end. When we were in high school, she was never without a date on the weekend, while I sat home feeling sorry for myself. Judy was pretty and cute, but not stop-traffic gorgeous; not a cheerleader; not wealthy; she didn't drive a snazzy car, but she always had boys lining up around the block, dying to spend time with her. And no, she didn't put out!!!

Years later, I finally asked her what her secret was. Know what she told me?   "I never worried if I was good enough for them. I just wanted to know, is this guy gonna be good enough for me?" 

What a lesson.  I've never forgotten it. And here's why you shouldn't either.

  • You're already "good enough" for them.
  • Your organization and its mission and programs are already "good enough" too. 
  • And it's "their" problem if they haven't figured it out - and your problem if you haven't told the world.

Let me explain.

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Tags: effective fundraising, nonprofit

Our Next Nonprofit Entrepreneurs Are In Jail

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 02:57 PM

Happy graduation day to the Fall 2012 program of LEAP for Ladies, also known as Ladies' Empowerment and Action Program, which trains aspiring entrepreneurs.  Take a good look.  Some of these women may be tomorrow's nonprofit entrepreneurs - and we should be glad. 

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Tags: manage fundraising performance, leadership, nonprofit, nonprofit entrepreneurs

"Watertight": A Fundraising Success Story

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, May 30, 2012 @ 04:12 PM

We've been running our Leaky Bucket Assessment of Fundraising Effectiveness for about a year now, and to our surprise, only a tiny fraction - 3% - of  respondents to date have scored at the "Watertight" level.  Only a teeny-tiny minority of nonprofit organizations are truly efficient and effective in their fundraising practices, at least in terms of the nine  practices measured in the Leaky Bucket. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting the CEO of one of those "Watertight" agencies, and got a  taste of what it's like in a nonprofit with effective development practices.

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Tags: management, effective fundraising, Fundraising fundraisers, assessment, Leaky Bucket, board's role in fundraising, nonprofit

Jumpstart Your Fundraising in 2012!

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Jan 03, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Quick, the fundraising year's half over!  Well, not really, but before things get too crazy again for you professional fundraisers out there, think about adopting sustainable fund development practices.  If you do your fund developmet planning early, everything else falls into place.

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Tags: fundraising, fund development process, nonprofits, sustainable fund development, fund development plan, nonprofit

Your Nonprofit Board's Give-Or-Get Policy - Yea or Nay?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

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Tags: fundraising practices, effective fundraising, Board, sustainable fund development, fund development plan, nonprofit, give-or-get policy

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