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Nontraditional and Unusual Gifts

As we approach the end of the year, be prepared to encounter donors who want to make an unusual or nontraditional gift. It might be a gift of land. You might receive gifts of stocks and bonds. I’ve had donors who wanted to donate art, vehicles and antiques. I...

Fundraising Activity at the End of the Year

I hope your #GivingTuesday was a success! And now that it’s over, let’s think about stewardship for your donors—those from #GivingTuesday and others who will donate before the year ends or who have donated this year. You should reach out to your #GivingTuesday donors...

Crafting Your End-of-Year Fundraising Appeal

As you prepare your year-end fundraising appeal, let us help you craft an effective appeal. Use research and data in your appeal. “Each year, more than 1,000 feral cats reproduce an additional 5,000 feral kittens.” is a sentence that clearly paints the picture of your...

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...