March 30, 2015

Unraveling Development


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  • The Challenges of New Nonprofits

    Non profitAs organizational theorists have described it, an organization’s risk of dying is highest at the point of its founding and decreases with age. So it is essential for new ...

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Fundraisers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Fundraisers often complain about board members. It’s fine to vent frustrations, but the solution to your problems will often be found in your own mirror. Simone Joyaux advises a little self-audit.


What’s the Purpose of a Thank-you Letter?

Thanking donorsThank-you letters should be a return gift, an extraordinary experience with emotional value. Here are some examples you can use as models.

Personal Face-to-Face Solicitation, Part 2

BubblesPersonal face-to-face solicitation is the best way to raise the most money from the leading donor source—individuals. Part 2 of a series.

Personal Face-to-Face Solicitation, Part 1

Face to FacePersonal face-to-face solicitation is a natural evolution in good fundraising, yet the concept of meeting up and asking for a gift is new for so many nonprofits.

Donor Aspirations and You

AspirationsSimone Joyaux says that recognizing and responding to the self-interest of donors is part of what a good fundraiser does.

Fundraising Performance vs. Fundraiser Performance—Part 3

MeasurementIn this final installment of a three-part series, Simone Joyaux explains her standards for measuring and appraising fundraisers.