Posted by Lindsay Casavant

As we all strive to foster stronger connections with diverse communities and supporters, we know that effective communication strategies play a key role. Whether you are raising awareness for a cause, mobilizing volunteers, or fundraising, the ability to communicate your message and tell your story clearly and in a compelling way is crucial.  

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Topics: Communications, Stewardship, Donor Communications


Posted by Jason Fry

Years ago, I was working with a very skilled major gifts officer. She had a donor, Elizabeth, who was in her 90s and who was very loyal to the organization. However, this staff member had tried contacting Elizabeth over and over through e-mail or by phone and leaving voicemails. As much as she tried diligently to get in touch with Elizabeth, she was unsuccessful. She started telling herself a variety of stories. Maybe something is wrong or she’s sick? Maybe I upset her with all my emails. Maybe she heard something negative about our organization? Maybe I offended her by asking her for money? Maybe she died?

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Topics: Success Stories, Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, Fundraising, Donor Communications, Financial Development, Donor Management, Donor Relations, Fund Development

Leveraging Fundraising Basics: Lessons from Giving USA 2022

When the Giving USA 2022 report was released earlier this year, this key finding left many nonprofit professionals concerned: Total dollars given was down 10.5%* to $499.33 billion.

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Topics: Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Annual Campaign, Donor Communications, Financial Development, Donor Management, Donor Engagement, Giving Usa

ChatGPT & Fundraising: A Primer

What will the impact of AI be on your work? How can you use AI tools to streamline your donor communications? What even is ChatGPT? All of these are legitimate questions that nonprofit leaders are tackling. Consider this a primer to jumpstart your own usage of this technology.

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Topics: Fundraising, Donor Communications, Fundraising Campaign, Productivity, Time Management

Why Are Relationships Important in Securing Grants?

Posted by DBD Grants Team

Courtesy of Kim Hinrichs and Kris Vrooman
Photos from Hausmann Construction and Hastings Family YMCA

This month we're discussing a few core approaches that we can use to prepare for next year.

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Topics: Fundraising, Donor Communications, grants, CelebratingOurClients, Client Stories

4 Steps to Improve Donor Retention

Posted by Mary Ramirez
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Topics: Donor Stewardship, Fundraising, Donor Communications


Posted by Lora Dow

Often at the end of a feasibility study, a non-profit is advised to conduct a “positioning campaign” while they prepare for an eventual capital campaign.

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Topics: Stewardship, Donor Communications, Positioning Campaign, Positioning

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