August 2018

Seven Quick Lessons I’ve Learned

So I have been in this profession for over 20 years and I think I’ve boiled it down to seven lessons: The number one reason that people donate to your cause is because you asked (or someone asked on your organization’s behalf). It’s a pretty simple concept, but one that is continuously overlooked. I track how...

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14 Interesting Fundraising Statistics

As a former statistics major, I have come across many stats in my fundraising life. Here are some of my favorites: 1.  The average philanthropic gift has increased by 63% since 1991. 2.  Ninety percent of the work of fundraising precedes the ask. 3.  Listeners always out-fundraise talkers. 4.  Research shows that a donor will not give more...

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