In the nonprofit business, we hear it over and over—“our board is not committed to fundraising.” Unfortunately, many nonprofit executives complain about this dilemma and have no idea how to solve it. Luckily, the steps to developing a culture of fundraising and philanthropy are very simple and can be accomplished over a period of time. […]
Most of us in the fundraising field have heard over the past few years that a major concern for nonprofits is the alarming rate of declining retention among their donors. This probably grew out of the Great Recession where we were so concerned about raising money in very tight times that the emphasis on relating to […]
In more than 30 years of working with nonprofits, the Lighthouse Counsel team has been able to increase financial security for its clients in part through the solicitation of free product, service and equipment from community businesses—what is commonly known as in-kind contributions.
I recently worked with a nonprofit that was very much in need of increasing income — not unusual. It was heavily dependent on events and hoping for bequests that may or may not come in on a regular basis. When I asked the fundraising staff to describe their events, they painted this picture:
They conducted an event in March that generated enough to get them to the next event in June…