Author Archives | Jim Berigan

Jim Berigan has written 82 posts on Step By Step Fundraising.

Jim Berigan is a freelance writer living in Petoskey, Michigan, with his wife and four children. Jim has served as the principal for a Christian elementary school, as well as the associate director of a non-profit summer camp for boys. He has been involved at every level of fundraising, with experience conducting product sales, running golf outings, and planning auctions. Jim is happy to be able to share his experience in this field with all people who are passionate about providing their children with the best opportunities.

Website: Top School Fundraisers Blog

Wanna Sound Really Smart? Read these articles!

Posted on 30 November 2011

Greetings!  I hope you and your families are having a great holiday season so far.  I know this is a busy time of the year, with getting the last minute donation appeals out the door, but if you have time, I urge you to check out the selection of articles this month on our sister [...]


5 Sure-Fire Ways to Increase Revenue in Your Product Sale Fundraiser

Posted on 29 November 2011

5 Sure-Fire Ways to Increase Revenue in Your Product Sale Fundraiser 1. Use a company that guarantees your organization gets to keep a higher percentage of the profits. There are many so-called fundraising companies out there that think it’s ok to rip the non-profits off and take 60% or more of your hard work. If [...]


Wanna Sound Really Smart? Read These Articles!

Posted on 30 October 2011

Many readers at StepByStepFundraising enjoy this monthly peek at articles from our sister site Even if you don’t have anything to do with school fundraising specifically, there is sure to be something interesting for you to check out.  Here is a list of article links to October’s posts.  I’ve included a short excerpt from [...]

Leverage Your Alumni for Organizational Development

Posted on 26 October 2011

There’s a formula in the business world that somehow proves it is less expensive to sell to established or previous customers than it is to find and develop new customers. I’m not much of a businessman, but that seems to make sense, right? After all, you already have your previous customers’ (or clients’) names, email [...]


Wanna Sound Smart? Read These Articles!

Posted on 30 September 2011

Greetings!  Today I want to share with you a selection of articles I wrote this month on our sister blog- TopSchoolFundraisers.  While it’s true that the articles are written from the perspective of a school fundraiser, there are many general principles that apply to all kinds of non-profit organizations.  So, please don’ t be put [...]


Boards Behaving Badly

Posted on 25 September 2011

Recently, I was asked to serve on a non-profit board of directors. This has got me thinking a lot about what goes into making a good board member. It also got me to thinking about all the bad behaviors I’ve experienced from board members during the years. These are the traits I hope that I [...]


The Oldest Trick in the Book

Posted on 10 September 2011

You gotta love the people in charge of fundraising for breast cancer research. They’ve been coming up with some great ideas to get people talking about the cause and wanting to raise money for it. Just think about all the sports teams you’ve seen in the past couple of years wearing pink versions of their [...]