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March 03, 2015

How One Nonprofit First Contacts Grant Makers

An introductory email and phone call helps fundraisers at the YWCA of the National Capital Area connect with foundation staff before submitting a proposal.

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March 03, 2015

Make Your Trustees Champions of Your Nonprofit

Help your board members understand your group’s mission and its activities, and be sure they know how to describe it to others, say two experts.

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March 03, 2015

How the University of Virginia Took a More Proactive Approach to Recruiting Fundraisers

The university’s fundraising recruiter shares the tools and tips she’s found effective, including starting a database of potential candidates.

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March 01, 2015

Annual Tax Letter for Your Monthly Donors

Use this model to craft a letter to monthly donors that they can use as a record for claiming a charitable tax deduction.

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March 01, 2015

Raising $350-Million for Uncle Sam

The nonprofit Trust for the National Mall has committed to attracting $350-million for the Park Service’s $700-million restoration plan.

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February 27, 2015

After Newsletter Revamp, Irish Charity Sees Boost in Retention

Increasing the frequency of communications with donors—and giving them more information about programs—leads to a large payoff.

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February 27, 2015

A Step-by-Step Guide for Donors Setting Up a Planned Gift

The Ocean Conservancy uses this informational packet to help donors make decisions—and commitments—about planned gifts.

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February 27, 2015

Explaining Planned-Giving Options to Donors

The Ocean Conservancy uses this booklet to explain donors’ options when making a gift from their estates.

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February 27, 2015

Donor Retention Numbers to Watch

The most important statistics for any donor retention program.

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February 27, 2015

Advice: Tips for Building a Successful Monthly-Giving Program

Consultant Harvey McKinnon offers advice on how to dodge common pitfalls when building your group of sustaining donors.