• Monthly Giving

    Small monthly giving changes are becoming big winners by Erica Waasdorp

    Thank you so much to Erica Waasdorp for sharing her thoughts here! Erica is an internationally recognized expert on monthly giving and annual appeals. She is a sought-after webinar presenter and writes, edits, and advises various direct marketing and national and international fundraising publications including Nonprofit Pro. If you’re searching for advice, look no further and check out her website https://adirectsolution.com, which has a ton of resources, such as a free monthly giving starter kit, and make sure to sign up for her blog and her tweets! By Erica Waasdorp, Monthly Donor Motivator As you know I’ve been advocating for a while now to make small changes to your overall…

  • Covid-19,  Day in Life

    A Day in the Life – Covid-19 Edition – Kat Steiner, CFRE

    Covid-19 is disrupting business as usual. Curious to know how your fundraising colleagues are managing and keeping the balls in the air in other places? Here’s the Covid-Edition of “A Day in the Life”. A BIG thank you to Kat, who is one of the most thoughtful and resourceful fundraisers I know and immediately agreed to share what effects she’s experiencing. Thank you, Kat! Kat Steiner, CFRE, Director of Development, The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio To fundraising, I’m learning to stop with the tasking and start thinking holistically.  I’m very sensitive to the fact that one in five people are projected to be unemployed. For me, this is an…

  • Books,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  International,  Professional Development

    Simone’s Bookshelf

    Hip hip hooray! Simone Joyaux is in the house!! I’m so deeply honored to have this personal hero of mine and international fundraising “rock” star kick off The Fundraiser’s Bookshelf Series on my blog. THANK YOU, SIMONE!!! I had the immense luck of meeting Simone very early in my fundraising career and she has been my North Star all along. Do yourself a HUGE favor and read everything she has written and done — books, articles, webinars, videos, posts (she has a huge treasure trove of free resources on her website https://www.simonejoyaux.com, don’t forget to bookmark it!) — she is truly brilliant. I could go on and on singing her…

  • Day in Life,  Professional Development

    A Day in the Life – Tracy Wells

    Welcome to a new series I’m starting on the “Day in the Life” of a fundraising professional! It features the workday routine of awesome fundraisers and is inspired by the series for nonprofit communicators over on Kivi’s Nonprofit Marketing Guide It is a honor for me to kick-off this new series with the workday routine of my mentor and friend Tracy Wells. Tracy has been a true rock in my personal professionalization journey. We had a blast working together on National Philanthropy Day for two years in a row and together with Aaron Bley, we call ourselves the 3 Musketeers. Tracy is an inspiration – she has vast experience, she’s…