Maximize Nonprofit Galas With Audience Development

Non-profit event planning and fundraising gala

As nonprofit organizations around the country are busy planning fall galas, it feels like a great time to share some insights about audience development. When my agency works with clients to plan events, we encourage them to be strategic in how they think about the various audiences that support a gala.

6 Tips for Gala Planning That Nobody Ever Told You

Non-profit event planning and fundraising gala

We love planning galas. Galas allow us to combine all of our organizational strengths- strategy, creativity and execution- while also giving us an opportunity to stretch and grow, as we try new things. As we wind down the 2017 spring fundraising season, we wanted to share a few things organizations should be thinking about, as … Read more 6 Tips for Gala Planning That Nobody Ever Told You

Ana Oliveira Explains Why Money Follows Leadership

Ana Oliveira offers practical advice, and the wisdom of a sage, about thought leadership for women that are working in the nonprofit sector. Her profound understanding of the sector, and candid insights about how women can best professionally support women and the secret for raising money as leaders, makes this a “must listen” interview.

Do You Kiss on the First Date?

Asking for money too soon can be a recipe for fundraising failure.

Being presumptive or premature can railroad relations with donor prospects

Money. It’s one of the last remaining untouchable topics in a society where ever fewer subjects are considered taboo. But for nonprofits with goals, objectives and missions to realize, being gun-shy about dollars and cents can be a recipe for stagnation or failure.

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Help, My Board Won’t Fundraise!

Reasons why Board members get disengaged and stop raising funds

Being a Board member of a nonprofit organization is no small task.

In general, Board members are responsible for governance and support – at the most basic essence, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s legally, financially and ethically, while facilitating operational and administrative needs.

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Five Reasons Why Your Fundraiser is Losing Money

When a nonprofit’s signature fundraiser stays in the black – but giving levels remain flat – there’s a problem. By the time premiere campaigns and seminal giving series go in the red, a crisis may be brewing. Here are some practical reasons nonprofit campaigns, charitable events and long-time fundraisers may begin withering on the vine.

Is Your Charitable Organization Sexy Enough?

Making your nonprofit cause irresistible to donors

Most people probably would not describe nonprofit organizations as sexy. Instead, it’s easier to think of Hollywood crushes, designer fashions, luxury vehicles and even awe-inspiring renovations as possessing that magnetic pull that captivates our attention.

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