Fundraising Tips & Tricks

Making Sure Your Committees Are Locked Before Recruiting Volunteers

This post is the fifth in a series of posts based on the “Best Practices for School Auctions” whitepaper from the Greater Giving Fundraising Excellence Series. Each new post covers the unique challenges school auction planners face, and how to overcome those challenges. Read additional articles: School Auctions Series Putting on a school auction is not a trivial… Read More »

Your First Fundraiser: Planning for a Short Timeline

This is the second post in a series about holding your first fundraising event on a short timeline. While Greater Giving usually recommends our nonprofits start planning at least nine months ahead of time, that’s not always possible—so we created The Definitive Guide to Successfully Running Your First Fundraising Auction to help you prioritize your time… Read More »

Perfecting the “Thank You” Call

Converting first-time donors into long-term contributors is a difficult task for every fundraiser. Research has shown that first-time contributors have a considerable drop off rate. Generally citing the nonprofit’s “failure to communicate” as the reason donors lose interest, they begin to doubt about the effectiveness of the work being done and either forget about the… Read More »

Maximizing Fundraising Event Participation Before, During, and After

Getting attendees engaged in event activities is the key to increasing contributions and securing commitments that will support your nonprofit’s work over the long term. Creating an event that delivers your fundraising message while emerging your guests in an all-encompassing experience will develop a deeper level of engagement that encourages giving long after the event… Read More »

Serving Your Best: Fundraising Event Catering and Bartending Best Practices

It’s been said that you win hearts through the stomach. If you’re an event planner you know that the quality of food and drink at a fundraising event can make or break the impression you want for the night. Presentation, taste, theme, and the level of service you offer guests contribute to the evening’s atmosphere… Read More »

Targeted Research for Potential Nonprofit Donors

The search for potential donors is a task that never ends. No matter how big your current donor list is, there’s always a need for more.   Common nonprofit marketing strategies can get the job done, but which tactics bring in long-term contributors? With good, targeted research you will uncover those reliable supporters while creating… Read More »

How Long Should Board Members Serve

Is it better to have long-time board members who have stayed with an organization for many years and understand its history? Or is it better to bring in new members regularly and generate fresh ideas? BoardSource surveyed more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations to find out the latest trends in its 2017 report Leading with Intent…. Read More »

10 Tips for Going Green at Your Next Fundraiser

Going green is a goal many fundraisers are considering as part of a larger effort to turn their nonprofit into a climate-conscious organization. Events offer a multitude of ways to achieve this goal to lower emissions, increase recycling, and support local groups focused on contributing to the effort to be more environmentally responsible. Here are… Read More »