Archive | April, 2011

Wanna Sound Really Smart? Read these articles!

Posted on 30 April 2011

Here it is, the end of the month once again.  As is my custom, I am posting links to all of the articles I have written for FundraisingIdeas and Top School Fundraisers. I hope you take a few minutes to check out these posts and don’t forget to visit our friends over at FastTrackFundraising for […]

Resource Round-up April 2011

Posted on 30 April 2011

Each month, I read dozens of news articles and blog posts about non-profit fundraising.  I am able to write about a few of them, but not nearly everything that catches my eye. Here are a few links to the articles I liked, but wasn’t able to get to this month. Enjoy! – Jim Berigan 5 […]

10 Reasons to Contact Donors Other Than to Ask for Money

Posted on 29 April 2011

Everybody knows that you should send a thank you note to a donor. Along with the fundraising “ask” letter, these two kinds of letters are the bookends. However these not be the only times you make contact with your supporters. The following is a list of ten reasons you should stay in contact with your […]

Mobile giving: 4 trends nonprofits should consider, by Gayle Thorsen

Posted on 28 April 2011

I’d like to welcome back Gayle Thorsen (pictured at left) to the Step By Step Fundraising Blog.  Gayle has been kind enough to share with us one of her recent articles from her blog ImpactMax. Gayle has been in the nonprofit communications world for more than 25 years, the last 12 as the communications head […]

Is Your Organization Grant Ready? by Betsy Baker

Posted on 27 April 2011

I am very happy to welcome back guest author Betsy Baker!  Besty is the President of She has earned more than ten million dollars in grant funding and continues to be a grant writing consultant for nonprofits. She is best known for her plain-language instructional guidance and offers both ebook instruction and one-on-one coaching […]

Your nonprofit doesn’t need a blog, by Joanna Miles

Posted on 26 April 2011

Greetings!  I would like to welcome back guest author Joanna Miles. Joanna is a marketing consultant at Beaconfire, where she works with clients to create successful fundraising campaigns and online communications, and uses analytics to help engage users online. Beaconfire helps nonprofit organizations that serve good causes accomplish great things on the Internet by designing […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Nonprofit Leadership, by Amy Eisenstein

Posted on 25 April 2011

By Amy Eisenstein 7 Comments If you’ve ever heard me speak before, you know how passionate I am about fundraising and nonprofit leadership. My “no-nonsense” attitude comes across loud and clear about board members’ roles and responsibilities with regard to giving as well as the executive director’s important role in fundraising. The following might seem […]