Nothing’s Normal. Here’s How to Succeed.

  • On November 20, 2020
  • communications, fundraising
So much has changed in the past eight months.  You’ve become an expert in lighting and editing, and taken a crash course in Zoom as a fundraising tool. You’ve applied for emergency funding or forgivable payroll loans. Your plan for the year was most likely tossed out the window sometime in July. With ideas for events […]
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Five Tips to Plan a Successful Virtual Fundraiser

  • On June 29, 2020
You’ve called all your sponsors, considered all your options, and you’re ready to move forward with a plan to host a virtual fundraiser to replace your annual gala. Now what? Here are five tips to plan a successful virtual fundraising event: Keep the program short and lively. We’ve all been on Zoom “events” that are […]
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Virtual Fundraising Events: What to Consider

  • On June 28, 2020
If you had a fall event in your fundraising plan, it’s likely you now have a virtual event in your fundraising plan. But before you start debating the merits of Zoom Webinar vs. Zoom Meeting, you’d be wise to step back and ask yourself: how can you reach your fundraising goal in this environment? Let’s face it: […]
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Do These 2 Things This Week to Raise More $ This Year

  • On December 16, 2019
So: your mailed appeal dropped two weeks ago. You’ve got six emails locked and loaded between now and the end of the year. It might be tempting to tell yourself that there’s nothing left to do but check the mail and generate thank-you letters. But have you used every tool in your arsenal? Here are […]
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No Room at the Inn

  • On December 9, 2019
     If your organization hosts a fundraising event in a hotel ballroom — a luncheon, a gala, a fashion show — then you may already be aware of an issue nonprofits are facing in Austin.      We realized it earlier this year when one of our clients wanted to change venues for their […]
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We Read it So You Don’t Have to: Giving USA’s Annual Report

  • On September 10, 2019
You’ve most likely heard about Giving USA’s annual report on the state of philanthropy — a massive deep-dive into all things fundraising: who gives, how much they give, who they give to, how they give it, and how it all compares to previous years. At 402 pages, it’s not a quick read. Here’s their infographic with key […]
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Is Your Nonprofit’s “Check Engine” Light on?

  • On August 28, 2019
Has the CHECK ENGINE light in your car ever come on? As car issues go, it can be pretty minor. It might require nothing more than adjustment of the gas cap. Or it might indicate that your car needs a significant repair! All you know is what you can see — that one warning light. […]
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3 Ways to Attract Gifts from Donor-Advised Funds

  • On November 14, 2018
Has your organization adopted any new strategies to attracts gifts from donor-advised funds (DAFs)? Donors love these accounts. They can deposit funds (as little as $5,000) and immediately take the full charitable tax deduction. The assets then grow tax-free, and donors can make grants from them any time they wish. There are a couple of […]
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Hey, That’s Pretty Cool.

  • On September 11, 2018
There’s a great new resource in Austin for nonprofits. (And we aren’t just saying that because we helped make it happen!)  Last year, consultants (like us) who serve Austin’s nonprofit community began meeting regularly. We learned quickly that there are a lot of us — and we cover a lot of ground. Some of us are […]
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3 Tips to Tax-Law-Proof Your Fundraising

  • On March 29, 2018
Are you making any changes to your fundraising plan in consideration of the new tax law? It’s tough to turn on a dime, we know. It’s hard to rethink your schedule, messages and tactics when no one is precisely sure what the ramifications will be.  We all want to believe that — tax law or […]
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