Working the Room - Getting the Right People donors events fundraisers fundraising major donors relationships teamwork Oct 06, 2022

In a previous post, I offered some practical tips on  ensuring that your nonprofit events maximize donor, volunteer and prospect relationships and help move them forward (and how to deal with challenges here).

But much of this can start even earlier - at the invitation stage.

What typically...

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Working the Room - When it's a Challenge donors events fundraisers fundraising major donors relationships teamwork Oct 06, 2022

Recently I've been talking about Working the Room - how to get the most out of donor relationships during event. Then I wrote a post about getting the right people to the event.  The posts outlined practical steps about how fundraisers, board and staff can focus on the donors and not...

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Working the Room donors events fundraisers fundraising major donors relationships teamwork Oct 06, 2022

I had a colleague who told me, as we prepared to attend a pre-opening donor event at an art museum, that these events were very difficult for her.

"They aren't hard for you, you like talking with people," she said to me. "For me, it is different."

Yes and no. There is no question that I get...

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Adjust Your Mindset for the Big Ask donors fundraisers fundraising major donors major gifts transformational gifts Jan 21, 2022

Get ready for inspiring your donors for the big ask...

Making a big ask isn't about being fearless, it's about being sure-footed. 
Fearlessness is all about you - it's a solo act. Fundraisers, though, are in business of relationships. You and the donor are climbing together to the mountain...

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