Fundraising Link Round-up

Lori Halley 09 August 2013 0 comments

This week’s link round-up is all about fundraising - from monthly giving to asking without anguish; finding the confidence to fail; and strengthening donor relationships.  Here are 4 of the top posts that we’ve bookmarked this week in the Fundraising section of Apricot Jam.

July’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival: A Guide to Monthly Giving

Craig Linton (Fundraising Detective) hosted the July Nonprofit Blog Carnival on the topic of monthly giving. As Craig suggests,

Monthly giving is the backbone of many individual giving programmes, but it can be hard to get right, especially in small charities. This month we'll be looking at how to acquire monthly givers, how to welcome them to your nonprofit and then how to look after them so they keep giving for many years.

Craig's round-up on monthly giving includes more than a dozen posts on topics such as:

  • Acquiring monthly givers and general advice
  • Welcome and thank you
  • Stewardship

Finding the Confidence to Fail 

In a post in the Hilborn Charity eNEWSChristina Hemens tells us:

“Self-confidence is every would-be world-changer’s secret ally,” says Ken Burnett. “It’s the crucial internal ingredient in the make-up of anyone who would achieve great things. Most of us struggle to deploy at least a veneer of self-belief and succeed or fail to varying extents.” (Mevolution, 2013)

…If you’re going to play a part in changing the world, you will need self-confidence. No one but you can create that for yourself. Confidence is the third step in the (Me)volution model and the last solo step before inviting others to join you on your (Me)volution journey.

...Know that the risk you take will build your confidence and teach you to believe in yourself, your mission and your organization

Asking Without Anguish 

In a post on Asking Matters blog, Paul Jolly (Jump Start Growth) suggests:

All of us, even seasoned solicitors, get nervous before a face–to-face solicitation. But experts know how to channel that adrenaline surge into their preparation for the big meeting. Here are some tips for getting your mind in the right place.

While Jolly admits that the 7 tips he offers “won’t cure the butterflies-in-the stomach sensation”, but he suggests “the right mindset changes that sensation”.

Build Ties at the Moment of (Case Study)

Nancy Schwartz (Getting Attention) tells us:

Our daughter, Charlotte, is away at Camp Harlam for 3 1/2 long weeks this summer.

…Harlam has done a great job of building our relationship in a natural way from the moment we shared our interest in registering Charlotte for the summer. I urge your organization to do the same, from the moment you first connect with folks who show interest as participants, supporters, clients, partners and/or volunteers and actively throughout the course of your relationship—BETWEEN your asks. 

Nancy offers 4 examples of how your nonprofit can “strengthen ties throughout the course of your organization’s relationships with supporters, participants, partners and others”. 

Want more non-profit and membership links?

This is just a taste of the Delicious collection of membership and non-profit posts and articles we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam lately. You can check out the latest posts on topics such as: Membership, Volunteers, Communications, Events, Social Media, Leadership and Fundraising.

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Published Friday, 09 August 2013 at 8:30 AM

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