Fundraising in the Trenches | Would your organization turn down a gift?

Fundraising in the Trenches | Would your organization turn down a gift?

Today’s guest post comes via Rickesh Lakhani, Director, Campaign for United Way York Region. During the second round of a direct mail campaign, we received a second annual donation from a long-time, loyal supporter. She is an elderly lady, on a fixed income, and contributed a single donation of...
When it comes to grants, “trying” doesn’t cut it

When it comes to grants, “trying” doesn’t cut it

I was struck by a post today on Fundraising Coach Marc Pitman’s blog.  One of Marc’s readers wrote: I am working for a non-profit and recently have begun writing agency grants as well. This organization in the past has never relied on grants, but instead on funding from two fundraisers and the state...
Fundraising in the Trenches | The year of the individual donor

Fundraising in the Trenches | The year of the individual donor

Today, as part of our Fundraising in the Trenches interview series, I’m talking with Leslie White Clay.  Leslie is the Chief Development Officer of Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center in Dallas, Texas.  When Leslie mentioned in a tweet that Hope Cottage had deemed 2012 “The Year...
Fundraising in the Trenches | Surveying

Fundraising in the Trenches | Surveying

Today’s guest post comes by way of Mary Cahalane. Mary is Development Manager/Individual Giving for Riverfront Recapture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “leading the effort to reconnect metropolitan Hartford with the Connecticut River and provide community access to the waterfront through...
Where’s My Million Dollar Grant?

Where’s My Million Dollar Grant?

Today’s guest post comes from the Wildwoman of Fundraising, Mazarine Treyz, who relates a situation that many of us can relate to. So, you just came into a new nonprofit. In your interview, your potential boss said, “We’re making $500,000 a year now, and I want to ramp up to $1 Million...