Monthly Bulletin – Fund Development

KCR Monthly Bulletin – Table of Contents


4 Ways to Convince your Nonprofit Board to Invest in Fundraising Tools

For EDs and other staff who are closely involved in the day-to-day efforts and operations of a nonprofit, it is often easy to see the challenges your organization is facing and understand the solutions necessary to address them. Convincing your board to invest in something new, however, can be another question altogether, and this is especially true for fundraising and technology related issues, where in-depth knowledge may be required to truly understand the important details. If you are ready to invest in new technology for your nonprofit but struggling to get your board members on board, here are 4 ways to build your case.

1. Focus on the return on investment
Your board’s job is to look after the financial wellbeing of the organization and they will evaluate your proposals through this lens, so make sure to present your plans in a frame that will interest them. Their first questions will likely be about the associated costs, so be as transparent and up front as possible. Your focus should be on showing them why the change that you are proposing is well worth the cost.

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-Source: Newsletter, EveryAction, 7 May 2018

A Guide to Grant Writing: How to Write and Search for Grants

Grant writing is the practice of applying for funding provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust. In order to be awarded a grant, your organization must write and submit a proposal to be eligible for receiving funding. A grant proposal typically will request funding in order to support activities and programs that are consistent with a nonprofit organization’s mission.

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-Source: Newsletter, Nonprofit Quarterly, 23 May 2018

Webinar: How to Tell Stories that Take Supporters from Passive to Passionate

You’re invited to our next webinar, “How to Tell Stories That Take Supporters from Passive to Passionate” to learn some new storytelling tricks that will boost your social media engagement and donor retention efforts.

Network for Good along with Julia Campbell, author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, will share tips, tricks, and examples from nonprofits using great storytelling to build engagement and deepen the relationship with supporters.

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-Source: Newsletter, Network for Good, 21 May 2018

5 Details to Turn Event Attendees into Essential Donors

Your nonprofit hosts fundraising events primarily to fund whichever campaign you’re engaged in at the moment. There’s something about the passion of a live event to encourage donations and a renewed sense of community the way an online donation form simply can’t match. But fundraising events also give your nonprofit the chance to organically gather essential data about your attendees, who might or might not be existing donors. When we say essential data, we mean information that allows your nonprofit to send more targeted and, therefore, more effective solicitations for future campaigns. This data is useful for donor retention as well as prospect identification — that is, whether or not your attendees have previously given to your nonprofit doesn’t matter when it comes to gathering data to improve your solicitations. Why are fundraising events so uniquely suited to organically gathering information like this? An event registration form will record basic information such as name, address, contact information, and corporate and educational affiliations. Your prospect development strategy can take it from there.

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-Source: Newsletter, DonorPerfect, 29 May 2018
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