Top Ten Ways Board Members Support FundraisingNovember 4, 2013

Every Board member can make a real impact on the ability to raise meaningful significant gifts, even if they never directly ask for a gift themselves.  10. Thank: Help write thank you notes to donors. Send thank you emails. Make thank you calls. Studies have shown that a personal, heartfelt “thank you” from a Board...

It’s Election Season: What is the Best Process for Nominating Board Candidates?November 4, 2013

A nonprofit’s success depends on strategic, visionary leadership from the board. Books have been written about how to identify and cultivate the “right” board members. While our advice to clients about the right board members for their particular needs is highly customized and specific, we share the following suggestions for a process to guide your...

How to Strengthen Your Year-End AppealNovember 4, 2013

By: Courtney Brady, Senior Consultant During the holiday season, your constituents are inundated (as we all are) with year-end appeals amid the other pressures of the busiest time of the year. How do you gain a moment, just a piece, of your constituent’s attention? And how do you know if your appeal this season worked?...

Winkler Group Earns Landmark HonorNovember 4, 2013

The Winkler Group has been invited to join The Giving Institute, a select body of fewer than 50 fundraising organizations across the country. Founded in 1935, The Giving Institute established the first model for professional fundraising ethics; it publishes Giving USA, the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America. “It’s an honor and...

Double the Impact with Co-ChairsNovember 4, 2013

In our last newsletter, we covered the importance of choosing a campaign chair who meets each of the 5 P’s: Proven, Passionate, Pace Setter, Positive and Personally Involved. What if you cannot find one person who possesses all 5 P’s? One solution is to recruit campaign co-chairs. We often suggest co-chairs for these reasons: •...

To “like” or not to “like”? That is the question.November 4, 2013

Social media is all around us. We are “liking” and “pinning” and “tweeting” something every day. But is this important to our fundraising efforts–or is it just another task to add to our ever increasing to-do list? Regardless of the size of your organization, social media can enhance community awareness and potential donor identification and...

Apply Fundraising Wisdom to Motivate Your StaffNovember 4, 2013

As fundraisers, our primary focus is raising money. We develop intentional plans to properly cultivate and engage prospects; then, we strategically steward them so they will continue their investment and commitment to our organization or our cause. With ever-shrinking resources, greater than ever expectations, and renewed competition for talent, development offices are constantly struggling with...

Remember those year-end donors? Four ways to keep them givingNovember 4, 2013

Year end – it’s a time when people who aren’t fundraisers slow down and celebrate the holidays. For us fundraisers, it’s the busiest time of the year largely because we’re busy acquiring new year-end donors. So where are these new donors now? What are you doing today to ensure they’ll still give tomorrow? Every year...

A Home for All Nations Church OmahaNovember 4, 2013

All Nations Church in Omaha, Nebraska, worships in the cafeteria of the local middle school. Thanks to a successful Winkler Group-led capital campaign, they’ll soon have a building to call their very own.   ANCO’s global missions make a difference every day in Omaha and around the world, particularly the war-torn Middle East. The church has...

Are you ready for a long-term relationship?November 4, 2013

Getting (and keeping!) major gift donors requires a commitment on your part to a long-term, deeper relationship. While segments of annual fund gifts can be solicited in a more broad-based appeal approach, major gifts require a courtship that takes time, persistence, and a commitment to the relationship.  Step One: Start the relationship on solid ground...

The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
(Proverbs 11:25)

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