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Have a Great Year-End - Without Spoiling 2017 Fundraising

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 09:28 AM

Yahoo, it's the end of the year! Let's all go bananas with our year-end campaigns!!!! Why not? You do it every year, right? So that means you should keep on doing it, um, er, right? You are being a good nonprofit leader. Aren't you?

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Tags: raising money, year-end giving, fundraising productivity, Fundraising the SMART Way

Fundraising and the Tin-Cup Mentality

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Sun, May 04, 2014 @ 03:12 PM

This posting is about the tin-cup mentality, and my strong desire to get rid of it once and for all. The tin-cup mentality is the state of mind that says "We're a poor lowly charity! Give us your money because we need it!" Rather than signalling your value to the world, or inviting others to celebrate your triumphs, the tin-cup mentality emphasizes your neediness. Shouting about how poor you are does not inspire confidence among philanthropists, who are your investors. Who wants to make a bad investment? It also gives rise to a terrible fundraising habit, namely, "Let's raise whatever we can and then figure out how to spend it."

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Tags: raising money, tin cup, panhandling

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