Taking the Mystery Out of Capital Campaigns: Four Benchmarks to SuccessOctober 6, 2021

WHAT MAKES SOME CAMPAIGNS WILDLY SUCCESSFUL WHILE OTHERS BARELY HIT THEIR GOALS? The answer is more straightforward than you think.  Successful campaigns can be traced back to four fundamental elements—we call them pillars because they are as essential to a campaign as four walls are to a building.  An organization that possesses the four pillars...

A Smarter and Easier Way to Raise Money: Donor RetentionSeptember 1, 2021

Download Full Whitepaper Watch the Webinar Written by Jessica Browning, Principal and Executive Vice President The nonprofit sector is facing a crisis: dangerously low donor retention rates.  Today, less than half of the average organization’s donors (43.6 percent in 2020) will give again the following year (AFP Global, 2021). Over time, the impact of this...

Strategies to Turn New 2020 Donors into Leadership GiversAugust 24, 2021

EASY-TO-IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES DESIGNED TO BOOST RETENTION AND BETTER ENGAGE YOUR DONORS. Four of every five new donors will not give you a second gift.  Consider the missed opportunities each of these four lapsed donors represent: future campaign lead gifts, trusted board members, annual major donors.  Capturing their interest is so much harder than keeping it…so...

The 2021 Strategic Planning ToolkitJuly 13, 2021

A comprehensive guide to re-evaluating an existing strategic plan or developing a new one. Nonprofits have turned disruption into innovation. There’s little doubt that the landscape for nonprofits has changed this past year—we’ve discovered what never worked well, or what opportunities we had been missing all along. These new opportunities can take an organization, a...

Only Fools Rush In: Measure Your Next Campaign with This Free ResourceApril 20, 2021

So, you’re thinking about a capital campaign. Chances are, your board is asking:  How much can we raise?  And how quickly can we start raising money? Dream big, but don’t jump in too quickly.  Starting a campaign without a campaign study is like building a house without a blueprint.  Our newest resource, The Campaign Readiness...

Struggling to Execute an Overly Complicated Strategic Plan?November 4, 2020

Download Full Guide We all know the importance of strategic planning. But there’s probably a good chance that you have been involved in a strategic planning process that didn’t work.  One that resulted in a beautiful list of goals and objectives—but sat on a shelf, unopened.  Or one that was so detailed, staff was too...

Churches and Faith-Based Fundraising: Recommendations for Recovery and GrowthApril 28, 2020

Download Full Whitepaper Watch the Webinar Written by Nikki Rach, Director of Client Services KPIs The new realities of the pandemic are beginning to have a financial impact on our churches. But there is some good news among the challenges churches are facing. According to a LifeWay Research survey of 400 pastors, about half said...

What Do I Focus On Next? Prioritizing Your Fundraising EffortsApril 14, 2020

Download Full Whitepaper Watch the Webinar Written by Timothy M. Winkler, Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal, Founder, and CEO As fundraisers, we are all feeling incredibly overwhelmed. Every day seems like a non-stop fire drill; all we can do is react to whatever situations unfold throughout the day. With so many distractions, it’s no wonder we...

Communicating With Donors Amid COVID-19April 7, 2020

Download Full Whitepaper Watch the Webinar Written by Jessica Browning, Principal and Executive Vice President We’ve heard too many universities, ministries, and nonprofits say they want to wait a few weeks—until things settle down—to reach out to their donors. “We don’t want to bother our donors when they have so many important things they’re dealing...

2008: Lessons Learned and Applying Them to TodayMarch 24, 2020

Download Full Whitepaper Watch the Webinar Written by Timothy M. Winkler, Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal, Founder, and CEO KPIs To say that a lot has changed since last weekend is an understatement. While the causes and effects of COVID-19 on the philanthropic landscape will likely be much different from the Great Recession of 2008, there...

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