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Everybody loves summer. It is a time to relax, spending time with the family, and decompress. Wait…. Haven’t I just been spending the last 3 full months with the family!?!?! In any event, I will be taking some downtime over the summer, so if you’re missing my weekly blog, I encourage you to look...

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8 Mistakes that Hurt Fundraising

Everybody makes fundraising mistakes. Hopefully, everybody learns from their mistakes. But, wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn from others’ mistakes without having to endure the error ourselves? Here are eight fundamental fundraising mistakes: 1: Treating Donors as ATM’s This is my number one pet peeve and I have written many articles about...

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Is Sponsorship Philanthropy?

People often interchange the terms of Sponsorship and Philanthropy. They are two totally different beasts, and usually come out of two totally different budget lines (for the corporation). Sponsorship usually comes out of a marketing budget. There is a well-defined list of benefits that the corporation will receive in exchange for a financial contribution...

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Vendors Often Make Great Supporters

Far too often, fundraisers overlook some of their strongest supporters —- their vendors. In most non-profits, the single largest expense is salaries. But after that, many charities spend millions on other items (from rent to office supplies to photocopiers to insurance). How often do we ask those vendors for financial support? Associating with your...

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