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Year-End Fundraising

Roughly one-third of all charitable giving happens in the month of December. Don’t miss out on year-end fundraising opportunities. I have several charities I support during this time of year, and I’ve been involved in many end-of-year efforts at my own nonprofits....

Tips for Successful Fundraising Events

We finish October with a final week of news and information about fundraising events.      Events can be used to reach new audiences for your nonprofit organization.      I was a part of a great example of this a few years ago when I worked for a Girl Scout Council....

Add-ons For Your Fundraising Event

Live auctions are another great add-on for fundraising events, even when there’s a silent auction happening. Live auctions are usually “big ticket” items, expected to bring large bids. I’ve won a hot air balloon ride and a beer run on a vintage firetruck at live...

Planning Your Fundraising Event

Timing is everything with event fundraising and usually scheduling is your first step (and sometimes scheduling is driven by your venue). I suggest your first step be a survey of your community’s fundraising events. You don’t want a new event to compete.    I...

Fundraising Events

 I bet you have attended some sort of fundraising event at some point in your life—maybe several events. I have. After more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector and working with more than 20 organizations, I’ve been involved in many fundraising events.    Here’s some...

Benefits for Your Members

When helping nonprofits with a membership program, I think about my own membership experiences. My favorite benefits are reduced fees for classes or events—makes me feel like I’m getting a bargain, which I always like.    I think it’s important to think long and hard...

Keeping Members in Your Membership Program

   If you have a great membership program, you certainly want to keep your members!  The things I’ve been a member of are usually things that align with my own interests. The reasons I’ve renewed a membership, however, are different than the reasons I joined an...

Starting a Membership Program

   Membership programs are a means of encouraging giving and involvement with nonprofit organizations. Your organization can extend additional engagement opportunities to members in exchange for donations in the form of membership fees. This week, we offer information...