Donor Relationships


If Donors Knew What Others Gave, Would They Give More? By Gayle Gifford

Posted on 26 August 2011

After a long summer off, I am very happy to welcome back Gayle Gifford to Step By Step Fundraising- (pictured at left). Gayle brings over 30 years of experience to her work with nonprofits – from her personal activism for peace, disarmament, environmental, human and civil rights, to her professional work as a consultant and [...]

Would You Do It All Over Again?

Posted on 10 August 2011

I was speaking recently to a man I know who runs a children’s based business that is now a year old. From the outside looking in, everything about his venture seems like a typical non-profit organization, but it is not. Instead of creating a board of directors, applying for his 501 (c)(3), and getting his [...]

Major Gifts – Step-by-Step, by Kirsten Bullock

Posted on 20 May 2011

Every time the news starts posting information about mega gifts, boards and executive directors start pounding on the door of development directors. The directive is clear: “we want what they’re having.” Well, I’ll give you the bad news first. Mega gifts do not typically happen overnight. It is a culmination of months, if not years, [...]

Open Letter from a Potential Donor, by Maureen Carruthers

Posted on 10 May 2011

Once again, I’d like to welcome back Maureen Carruthers (pictured at left).  Maureen is a non-profit consultant, and the force behind the excellent blog “Low Hanging Fruit Communication” which covers many topics including social media for non-profits. Maureen’s goal is to help nonprofit leaders reach their right people more quickly so their organizations have a [...]

What Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas taught me about nonprofit fundraising, by Marc Pitman

Posted on 31 March 2011

Here’s a great post from Marc Pitman, aka The Fundraising Coach.  Leave it to Marc to find a link between Katy Perry and fundraising!  This is a good one! Marc also has a great new post on his site, entitled The Role of the Executive Director in a Development Database, which you should also check [...]

Guest Post: “How to Identify Donors for Your Cause” by Amy Eisenstein

Posted on 10 February 2011

Greetings! Today, I want to welcome back Amy Eisenstein.  Amy has posted here at Step by Step Fundraising once before.  If you haven’t had a chance to read that article, I highly recommend clicking here to do so. Today, Amy has returned with another very insightful and helpful post about identifying new donors for your [...]

8 Reasons to Host a Non-profit Summit in Your Community- Part III

Posted on 21 January 2011

In parts I & II of this article, I have listed six different goals that should be set at a community-wide non-profit summit meeting.  These goals so far are: Make a thorough introduction of each group and person that goes beyond the casual niceties of most meetings. Launch a brainstorming session that lists the problems [...]