Nonprofit Email Marketing

Email marketing is a great way for non-profit organizations to stay in touch with their supporters and get their message out inexpensively. However, there’s a right way and a wrong way for nonprofits to use email marketing so that it’s effective and doesn’t cause them to lose supporters in the process.You need to know what […]

Donor Relationship Building

How to build stronger donor relationships is a problem that vexes many non-profit organizations. These tips for donor relationship building highlight ten ways to improve your donor management and retention by giving people what they want, so that your non-profit gets what it needs in return.Building better donor relationships can take time, but there’s no […]

Applying For Federal Grants

Applying for Federal grants can be confusing and time-consuming for both businesses and non-profit organizations. The best way to go about it is to be prepared with all the required information such as obtaining a DUNS number, registering with the System for Award Managment (SAM.gov), and getting all your documents in order.Grant application expert Sheila […]

Win Grant Funding With A Compelling Needs Statement

If you want to win grant funding with your proposal, you’re going to need a compelling needs statement. Think of it this way: You’re the only one who really knows how big and how important your need is, so it’s your job to convey that need in a compelling manner.Professional grant writer Betsy Baker shows […]

Grant Funding Foundations Tips

One of the best tips for grant funding from foundations is to build relationships with the funders, i.e. the key personnel making the funding decision. And just how do you go about building those relationships to improve your chances of getting your grant funded?Fundraising consultant Tina Cincotti, founder of the consulting group Funding Change, explains […]

Grant Proposal Success – Use Testimonials

The secret to writing a grant proposal that gets funded is to use testimonials to help tell your story. Testimonials help grab the grant reviewer’s attention and provide a compelling case for funding your proposal.Grant writing expert Pamela Grow, who is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants”, explains how to use testimonials to […]

Grant Writing Tips From Top Foundations

What better source for grant writing tips than the top foundations that are doing the funding? Grant proposal expert Pamela Grow covers 8 tips for improving your grant proposal from the top funding sources.From following the guidelines and getting right to the point, Pamela provides succinct insights into what the foundations are looking for in […]

Grant Writing Myths & Success Tips

When you want to know about grant writing for schools and what works and what doesn’t, it’s best to consult an expert; a grant writing expert who’s not only an educator, but has also successfully obtained millions of dollars worth of grant funding. And, it would be nice if they were a published author and […]

Best Practices For Grant Research

There’s a right way to do grant research and a wrong way when trying to find grant funding for your non-profit. These best practices for grant research will keep you on track and help you avoid wasting time and energy applying for the wrong grants.Grant funding expert Marcie L. Wagner explains four simple ways to […]

Email Fundraising Tips

If you are looking to raise funds by email, check out these email fundraising tips from Sandip Sekhon of GoGetFunding.com. When you are trying to get donations through email, the most important thing is getting people on your list to actually open your email.Otherwise, you’re just spinning your wheels because it’s all about the open […]

U.S. Worst Charities List 2013

A list of the worst charities to donate to in 2013 compiled by CNN, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. The worst U.S. charities list is based on factors such as the percentage of funds raised that was paid to telemarketing firms, how much was paid in executive salaries, and how […]

Writing Great Grant Proposals

An essential part of non-profit fundraising is writing grant proposals and filling out grant applications. An effectively written grant application can bring in much needed funds for your non-profit group.Applying for grants can be a very long and tedious process, but in the end it will be well worth it for your organization.Most grant applications […]

Raise Funds Using A Direct Mail Program

There are five reasons why you should be using a direct mail program to raise funds for your non-profit organization. How to expand your mailing list, prepare a mailing package, do a test mailing, evaluate your results, and renew your donors each year.Raise Funds For Your Nonprofit Using An Annual Direct Mail ProgramA good annual […]

Corporate Foundations

There are many types of foundations–community, private, operating, and corporate, to name the big ones. The differences are based on a number of factors: Internal Revenue Service regulations, where the foundation money came from, and what the foundation money will be used for.Comprehending the differences can be confusing, but one type of foundation that is […]

Writing Grant Requests

Here is a brief recap of the essential elements of writing grant requests: Summary or abstract – Write this part last. Establish your credibility, state your goal, sample activities, and cost. The summary should be brief, clear, and informative and of very high quality. STAY FOCUSED!Introduction – This section highlights your credibility and your school’s […]

Nonprofits Bad Reputation

Here is a lengthy article about statistics showing that some not for profit organizations are developing a bad reputation in polls by David Clayton, PhD, Vice President, Nonprofit and Social Issues Research Group, Harris Interactive.While a Third of Adults Think the Nonprofit Sector in the United States is Headed in the Wrong Direction, a Vast […]

Online Fundraising Email Strategies

Guest article by Alan Sharpe, President of Raiser Sharpe, a direct mail fundraising agency that helps non-profit organizations raise funds, build relationships and improve their online fundraising efforts.Your greatest challenge as an email fundraiser is your list. If your organization is typical, only 10% of the people in your donor file have given you their […]

Donor Newsletters

Tips for donor newsletters from Alan Sharpe. I have a client whose direct mail fundraising program is in trouble. I think you can profit from his predicament. I know he is going to.The development officers at his non-profit organization are doing plenty of things right. They attract new supporters by mailing donor acquisition packages a […]

Donor Management Tips

Most nonprofits could benefit from a few donor management tips. We all know that people give money to people, not to organizations. That is why it is so important for nonprofits to target their potential large donors and figure out ways to draw them into the community that is the organization.When a large donor feels […]

Grant Writing Tips

If you want to get your grant request approved, then follow these 10 grant writing tips:1. Understand the needs of the grantorsBehind every foundation grant is a philosophy, intention or basic principal. These principles not only determine how grants are funded, if you pay attention, they will also tell you how to approach the foundation […]