Author Archives | Sandra Sims

Sandra Sims has written 346 posts on Step By Step Fundraising.

Sandra Sims is the founder of Step by Step Fundraising, an online article and book publisher, which was recently acquired by FastTrack Fundraising. In addition to nonprofit management and fundraising, she has expertise in search engine optimization, social media marketing and content syndication. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Midwestern State University.


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Don’t Make These Fundraising Mistakes, by Sandra Sims

Posted on 30 March 2011

As non-profit professionals, I know we are always trying to avoid making serious “fundraising mistakes.” There are definitely some issues that everyone raising money for any cause should be aware of before asking anyone for funds. Guidestar has an excellent article posted on their site called  The 20 Biggest Fundraising Mistakes, Part I which covers [...]

Custom Discount Card Fundraiser Program

Posted on 27 July 2010

Discount cards are one of the best fundraisers that can be used by a wide variety of groups. A discount card is a custom printed plastic card that volunteers sell to residents in the local community, normally for $10. The cards have coupon type offers with unlimited use for a specific time period, usually one [...]

Q&A: Nonprofits charging for services?

Posted on 26 July 2010

Friday I received an interesting question by email. I thought other nonprofits may be in a similiar situation and would benefit from this Q&A and/or have some feedback to add. Hi, Sandra, Recently, there has been an explosion of discussion among nonprofits in our local area around soliciting clients for a donation who are recipients [...]

10 articles on the latest trends in online fundraising

Posted on 19 July 2010

Last week’s post on Fundraising on Facebook from Ethan Austin has attracted some attention.  It was listed in the Top 10 Technology and Social Media Resources for Nonprofits from Connecting Up Australia.  Check out the other 9 resources included on that list. Here’s a roundup of other recent articles focused on the latest online fundraising [...]

Video: Caught in a Cat Romance (thanks to San Francisco SPCA)

Posted on 20 May 2010

If you think all nonprofit communications have to be serious, think again. Kudos to the San Francisco SPCA for creatively jumping on a hot topic while promoting their mission. Warning: watching this video may cause abrupt laughter, inability to stop singing this song and warm fuzzies.

Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program Grant Opportunity

Posted on 03 May 2010

The Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program announces a grant funding opportunity for nonprofit, community based health care organizations. The strategic intent of the program is to focus on promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent and reduce the impact of chronic diseases. To be eligible nonprofits must be implementing evidence-based, community education [...]

Auction Teleseminars: Half Price Sale Ends Friday April 30th

Posted on 29 April 2010

If you have an auction on the horizon start getting prepared now.  The Secrets of the Charity Auction Experts teleseminar series provides solid advice from seasoned fundraisers and auctioneers. It includes over 3 hours of audio interview playback and text transcripts you’ll discover the keys to getting more  auction items, getting higher bids and creating [...]