Podcast: The unique unimportance of uniqueness in fundraising

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Many organizations believe that their uniqueness is the main reason donors will choose them for their charitable giving. That’s a revenue-crushing mistake.

Successful fundraising starts where the donor is — not in the organization’s uniqueness — and makes a clear, simple case.

“I’m looking for an organization to support that’s completely unique,” said no donor, ever.

Your uniqueness is important. But it can drag down your fundraising if you over-focus on it.

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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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Jeff BrooksJeff Brooks has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 35 years and blogging about it since 2005. He considers fundraising the most noble of pursuits and hopes you’ll join him in that opinion. You can reach him at jeff [at] jeff-brooks [dot] com. More.


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The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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Jeff Brooks has been serving the nonprofit community for more than 30 years and blogging about it since 2005. He considers fundraising the most noble of pursuits and hopes you’ll join him in that opinion. You can reach him at jeff [at] jeff-brooks [dot] com.

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