Step 1: How to start a grant program

This is the first post in a series of three blogs the Dot Org team will be writing on something all nonprofits should know about: grants. I’m going to start off with “Step 1: How to start a grant...

Seven mistakes fundraisers are making

Fundraisers tend to focus on what’s next - and not on what’s happened. After all, your board or executive director expect you to accomplish the fundraising work of three people with less than...

Monthly giving and how it can boost annual giving

Fundraisers and nonprofits are always searching for a way to raise more annual donations, and the secret might be through monthly giving. 

Using rented lists to acquire donors

It’s a new year for your fundraising efforts. One of your goals might be to recruit some new donors to your organization. And some of the ways you can find new donors is to buy or rent a list. I...

A year-end pep talk for fundraisers

As the holiday season begins, many of us will spend more time with family, participate in holiday activities and consume scrumptious holiday food; but for fundraisers, this means it's time to have...

Let's plan some sort of fundraiser...

If you are a professional who works for a nonprofit, you have probably attended or worked at an event for your organization. In fact, I’m sure some of you have been told in a board meeting or two...

Millennials: The next generation of donors

There are approximately 73 million millennials in the United States who just might be the next generation of donors. While there are many terms about this generation, a millennial is usually...

How to achieve gold medal fundraising - Winter Olympics

 I am a self-identified Olympics fanatic. I spend hours watching sports I don’t completely understand, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into each of...

Annual fund planning in January - WHAT?!

You rushed around in November to get an annual fund appeal out the door. I’m guessing that the last thing you want to think about right now is your next annual fund appeal. I mean, you’ve got...

Finish strong! Six tips for successful year-end fundraising

The end of the year is approaching and we all know what that means! Nervous fundraisers are doing everything they can to hit their yearly fundraising goals; running their donor lists and checking...