Category: Strategy

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Six Provocative Interview Questions When Hiring Fundraisers

Hiring fundraisers can be challenging. Just ask any Executive Director or CEO. Fundraisers tend to move jobs often and most fell into fundraising without studying it as a career, making…

Understanding these trends is essential for you to adapt your strategies and identify areas for improvement. If you’d like my feedback on your adapted annual fundraising plan, send it to me here.

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Putting Thanks Back in Thanksgiving–And Your Donor Communications

If I never again hear the phrase, “now, more than ever,” I would be pleased. I understand why we use it, to convey urgency, but it is hackneyed. Was our mission not urgent before Covid19?

I am writing having just returned from a weekend of silence. With all that has happened this year, I find spending time in stillness necessary, and it’s particularly necessary if you want to go deeper in your donor communications and avoid stale messages.

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5 Reasons Your Development Planning Sucks

5 Reasons Your Development Planning Sucks

Editor’s Introduction: Nikkia Johnson’s blog post is direct by necessity. We do not mean to offend by some of the language. Sometimes great teachers need to get our attention to breakthrough to a truth. This post is important because Nikkia is speaking from her experience, she is sharing a grassroots community-centered perspective, and because her voice as a Black women is often muted within the professional field of fundraising.

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The Last Four Days Are The Most Important

Approximately one out of every three dollars in annual giving is donated during the month of December. For online giving, the figure is even higher. This powerful concentration of giving amplifies even further as New Year’s approaches. The last four days of the year (12/28, 12/29, 12/30 and 12/31) are the biggest giving days online, with giving literally quintupling over the course of the last two. We even know that the peak period on December 31 is between 12noon – 7pm securing 31% of donations for the day during this time in whatever time zone the donor happens to be in.

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