Fundraising key to success – building relations

Fundraising key to success – building relations

Every time I receive a message with a link to a crowdfunding page – without accompanying text. Every time I receive a request for a donation addressed to ‘dear Sir’. And every time I receive a call for support from someone I never heard of before, writing on behalf of...
What is a good referee?

What is a good referee?

Lately, I noticed more donors are asking for referees or references. Either as part of the project application format or during the selection process itself. When asked to act as referee, I always decline if I feel I cannot be a good referee. So that begs the...
Where and how to find donors

Where and how to find donors

One of the questions I get asked a lot is about where and how to find donors. And my answer can never be much more than providing a starting point for further work. Because you don’t want to find just any donor, you want to find yours. Donors that share your dreams...
Can you submit one idea multiple times?

Can you submit one idea multiple times?

Some nonprofits are concerned they need to develop new ideas all the time. Regularly someone will ask me, now that I have submitted idea A to donor X, do I need to have a new idea for donor Z? In other words, can you submit one idea multiple times? Or do you need new...
Before you do an ask, define exactly what you need

Before you do an ask, define exactly what you need

Before you go out and ask a potential donor to support your plan, make sure you have developed a budget. So that you know what resources you need to implement the plan. In other words, before you do an ask, define exactly what you need. Why do I need to know my...
How validation of your ideas will help you

How validation of your ideas will help you

One question I see all the time, in different forms and shapes, is this: how can I convince donors? How can I ask, without begging? In an earlier post I wrote that communicating with your donor at impact level is crucial. This will help you speak at the level of their...