10 ways to have a better year than last year

I love this list from Get Fully Funded: Top Nonprofit Fundraising Strategies for 2015. These are no-nonsense things you can start doing right now — and they will make a difference:


  1. Focus on WHY, not HOW. Talk about the impact you’re having, not the process for how you get it.
  2. Refocus the communication. Stop talking about “we, we, we.”
  3. Give the donor a great experience. Thank them warmly and sincerely, and help them feel confident they made a good decision to give.
  4. Ask often.
  5. Simplify. Eliminate every activity that loses money or generates less than stellar ROI.
  6. Leverage the “Tom Sawyer” effect. Make volunteering so much fun that people might pay to do it.
  7. Take responsibility for your Board. Start educating Board members about how to do their job instead.
  8. Write plans down. If your fundraising plans aren’t in writing, they aren’t real.
  9. Stretch for a goal.
  10. Invest in yourself. Investing in training for staff is one of the best investments you’ll ever make.

Seriously, these things can meaningfully improve your fundraising. Whether you had a good or a not-so-good 2014, here’s how you can have a better 2015.


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4 responses to “10 ways to have a better year than last year”

  1. Jolan van Herwaarden Avatar
    Jolan van Herwaarden

    would it be okay to add a eleventh way?
    11. learn from you mistakes. Evaluate your previous year/work and be painfully honest with yourself. Learn from what you’ve done right and think of a way to do it even better.

  2. Jolan van Herwaarden Avatar
    Jolan van Herwaarden

    would it be okay to add a eleventh way?
    11. learn from you mistakes. Evaluate your previous year/work and be painfully honest with yourself. Learn from what you’ve done right and think of a way to do it even better.

  3. Jeff, I love that you love my list! Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy

  4. Jeff, I love that you love my list! Thanks for sharing!
    Sandy

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