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This fundraising blog is geared toward helping organizations improve their ability to raise money to fund their missions, and with an emphasis on the value of creating relationships with donors and potential donors by providing insight about fundraising to those executive directors, staff and board members who are charged with doing the hard tasks of fundraising, frequently with little fundraising background or experience. This blog, Donorcentric Development, is my opportunity to share that experience, knowledge and expertise with anyone who is interested in learning donorcentric best practices and enhancing their organization’s fundraising efforts.

‘Tis the Season

Most of my blog posts are about fundraising nuts and bolts. This post is a little more philosophical. Your feedback in the comments section below ...
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Why The Best Fundraising Efforts Are Not Related To Sales

One of the biggest misconceptions about fundraising is that it is simply Sales 101. Sales consists of convincing someone to make an exchange of money ...
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Don’t Let This Happen To An Organization You Serve

Nonprofits cease operations all the time, from large hospitals to small community social service agencies, for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes the need disappears, ...
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The Power of “Thank You”

Did your mom make you write thank you notes for all of your Christmas and birthday gifts? My mom did. It was a priority in ...
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Getting Personal: Part 2 – The Change is Getting Real

Just before Thanksgiving I published my last post, Getting Personal: Part 1 – Reflections on the Nature of Change. In that post I explained why ...
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Getting Personal: Part 1 – Reflections on the Nature of Change

At a recent webinar I participated in a speaker advocated for people who write blog posts to make them more personal. I’ve always tried to ...
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Magic of Third Party Events

We’ve all been in board or staff meetings brainstorming ways to raise more money. Inevitably someone will suggest an event of some sort – a ...
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No Mission, No Money

My last post of 2021 was titled No Money, No Mission about my learning how fundraising is essential to being able to move an organization’s ...
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5 Things You Can Do to Raise More Money Before the End of the Year (without having another event)

You are in the fourth quarter, the final period, the bottom of the 9th inning. Cancelled and postponed events have put a big dent in ...
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And Just Like That It’s Labor Day!

Every year people seem stunned to realize that Labor Day is here. It is the end of Summer, and it is the beginning of the ...
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Event Planning: Fundraiser or Fun Raiser?

Events are critical to non-profit organizations. They come in many shapes and sizes from grand galas to press conferences and everything in between. There are ...
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KonMari Part II

My previous post was about organizations tidying up their events program, deciding what works, what could go by the wayside, and the importance of focusing ...
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