The permission to ask ask

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Tess Nixon Spiller. She wrote this blog at the time and when I first read it, it felt to me she was a magician who had just lifted the lid on their most successful magic trick. It just blew me away… “so that is […]

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“If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It” – Using Metrics to Strengthen Your Fundraising Program

It is common knowledge that to effectively manage donor relationships and see the greatest success in your fundraising program, you must build strong ties between your prospects and your organization’s mission. Relationships will always be the foundation of a fruitful fundraising program. But, you can’t build a relationship on metrics. While relationships have and will […]

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What causes do billionaires donate to?

Philanthropy is billionaires’ favorite pastime, but the world’s richest people don’t support all causes equally, according to Wealth-X’s 2019 Billionaire Census. The causes they choose are influenced by a variety of factors. American billionaires traditionally fund new buildings or departments at their alma maters, Wealth-X reported, while some billionaires prefer to donate to causes that […]

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We all want to be understood

Your donors want to feel understood. Especially now. Coronavirus has been here for several months now. And it feels like years, doesn’t it? Even after months of this, many of us are still feeling uncertain, afraid, and out of control. The whole situation, from medical concerns to financial worries, seems so huge. It’s hard to […]

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How to Conduct Meaningful Virtual Visits and Asks

The reemergence of another wave of COVID-19 and additional stay-at-home recommendations signify the ongoing importance of productive virtual donor visits. Unlike in-person visits, virtual visits require additional preparation and thoughtfulness to truly replicate the in-person experience. Despite the extra preparation, virtual meetings save organizations a lot of time and money. Just think about how many […]

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