September 18, 2021
March 7, 2018

Combine Fundraising Thermometers and Events to Take Donor Engagement to New Heights

You’ve seen fundraising thermometers before. Everyone uses them—when I was a kid, we used them for elementary school fundraisers, church fundraisers, building funds, and other events. Today, nonprofits use them for peer-to-peer fundraising, capital campaigns, and lots of other places. But it’s when they combine event fundraising with fundraising thermometers that really exciting things happen.
March 8, 2018

Nonprofit Winter Games Closing Ceremonies

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. The Nonprofit Winter Games are over, and we’re retiring the #NPOWinterGames hashtag until 2022. Thanks to everyone who participated. Here are the organization(s) that won each game. Congratulations to all! Note: all winners were selected at random from the full list of participants in their events.
March 9, 2018

A Simple and Effective Activity to Engage Your Campaign Volunteers

If you work with volunteers, you probably wrestle with how to keep their work fresh and exciting. Here’s an exercise you can use to overcome two different challenges you’re likely to face.
March 12, 2018

Step Into Your Power

Successful fundraising often requires assuming more confidence than you actually feel. I got a new insight into that while leading a workshop last year. The workshop, on how fundraisers can build a major gifts program, was one that I had presented many times before. It focused on six elements of success: a willing board, a charismatic executive director, a compelling mission, individual donors, prospects, and a plan for low-pressure donor cultivation.