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 Are Your Donors GOOD ENOUGH For You?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

Tired of donor prospects who promise much but deliver little?  Wasting time on donors who can't seem to make up their minds?  No surprise. Raising major gifts (or major anythings) is hard work. Plus it's even tougher when your "prospects" turn out to be DOA - dead on arrival. They don't really have the money. They don't really love your mission. Or they just don't like you, personally. Sigh.

 

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Take the Uncertainty Out of Fundraising

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 03:36 PM

What's the bigger challenge to fundraising: complexity or uncertainty? Both plague most development shops. Development officers encounter complexity every day. They juggle a zillion prospects, campaigns, events, sponsorships, and reporting tasks, so maybe it's all that complexity that's the bigger problem. On the other hand, uncertainty is also a constant threat, from the development officer's concerns about whether or not Mrs. Richperson's major gift is or isn't ever going to come to fruition, all the way to the board's lack of certainty about the accuracy or timeliness of reporting. And the potential face-ripping that might be encountered by the CEO if the forecast isn't actually met. Ouch.

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Fundraising and the Russian Revolution

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

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To Find Donors, Stop Looking

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Fri, Oct 04, 2013 @ 11:43 AM

Have you ever asked yourself "where can I find donors?" Many nonprofit executives tell me they don’t know how to “find” donors. The "finding" problem keeps them awake at night. They worry about it, their boards worry about it, their staff worries about it. Eventually, all that worrying can produce desperation moves such as foregoing the executive director's salary or health benefits, sending out un-researched grant applications in bulk, or throwing yet another event.

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