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Coping with Rejection in Fundraising

Coping with Rejection in Fundraising

Whether it’s a declined grant application, a potential donor saying “no,” or a campaign that falls short of expectations, rejection is part of the fundraising process. It’s not easy to deal with it! But, rejection can open doors to learning about yourself, leveling up your skills, and creating healthy boundaries between you and your work.

Potential versus Pain

Potential versus Pain

When you are thinking about expanding an area of your organization’s fundraising -- whether that’s major gifts or events or email campaigns, it can be useful to ask yourself: what’s the potential versus the pain?  Really, that’s just a silly, alliterative way of...

Five Ways to Transform Your Grant Proposal from Good to GREAT

Five Ways to Transform Your Grant Proposal from Good to GREAT

I’ve been working in the nonprofit sector (eek!) for nearly 30 years; writing grant proposals and creating foundation relations strategies for nearly as long. I’ve crafted proposals that have brought in six- and seven-figure gifts. I’ve crafted proposals that have...

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Whether traveling to Paris or entertaining donors, you can have memorable experiences without breaking the bank. Here’s how I’ve done it.

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