Turning Data into Dollars

A data-driven approach to major gift fundraising and capital campaigns can help you set the bar high, but at an appropriate level, and assure that your funding effort will have the best possible chance for success. I’ll share two examples I’ve recently encountered: Organization A received an abnormally large investment from a first-time donor via […]

Moving Beyond Membership: Funding Your Chamber of Commerce’s Future

This article was originally published in the ACCE’s Chamber Executive magazine. One of the most pressing demands on chamber professionals is ensuring they have the funding needed to support their organization’s efforts and plan for the future. We recently welcomed Casey Steinbacher as a guest on our podcast. A former CEO of three chambers and an expert […]

Navigating Public-Private Partnerships

Navigating Public-Private

The HBO series The Gilded Age is an interesting study contrasting old New York City with the new money arrivals in the late 1880s. Wealth abounds, there are philanthropic causes to support, yet envy and social standing prohibit the combination of these wealth sources for the common good. Like this dynamic, one of the challenges around economic […]

A Fundraising Lesson from Wall Street

Fundraising and Wall Street

I received a brochure in the mail recently about a company offering alternative investments. I get a lot of these, probably because my Chartered Financial Analyst designation puts me on the mailing list of many investment houses, hedge funds, asset managers, etc. This one caught my eye because of its direct approach: “What’s the path […]

Preparing Your Organization for Fundraising in 2022

Preparing for fundraising

Preparing your organization for fundraising should be an ongoing part of an organization’s day-to-day work plan. The nonprofit, chamber, or economic development organization that says “we need to raise money this year, so we better start talking to funders” is way behind from the start. The same is true for organizations that do not have […]

3 Stages of Building Your Fundraising Asking Rights

Paper dolls holding hands over a stack of nonprofit fundraising contributions

What gives your nonprofit the right to ask a foundation, bank, business, or individual for money? This is the question that inspired Tom Ralser’s book series on Asking Rights™. Ralser looked at fundraising efforts and results from hundreds of nonprofit campaigns and what the common ingredients were for success. Those who had Asking Rights had […]