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Cut the Clutter

I recently went into my personal email account and realized much of what I was receiving was junk mail. Somewhere along the way, I had clicked on retail stores, organizations, and who knows what else for coupons, special offers, discounts, and e-newsletters. Rarely was I opening any of these emails that popped up almost daily […]

Mission Moments

Thank you to our guest blogger today, Michelle Jimenez, Senior Consultant, HUB Philanthropic Solutions I am working with a nonprofit that has a generous Foundation partner. We have never done anything particularly “special” for this partner aside from our typical thank you letter after the gift is received. But this year, we kicked it up a […]

Spring Has Sprung

Thanks to HUB Philanthropic Solutions and author Susanna Decker, Senior Consultant, for this week’s blog. by Susanna Decker, Senior Consultant, HUB Philanthropic Solutions It’s time to clean out your closets and wash your windows…spring is here! As development professionals, spring is also a good time to consider mailing to lapsed donors before your organization’s fiscal […]

Is Your Writing Ethical?

Most of us are extremely judgmental about high profile people who act unethically—college coaches, politicians, billionaire business professionals, etc. We also shake our heads in disgust at the people we read about in our local newspapers—people who seem like us but who are caught embezzling from their employer. So what kind of standard do we […]

Managing Multiple Deadlines

Deadline—it sounds a bit harsh, doesn’t it? Well, originally, it was. Believed to have origins in the American Civil War, a prisoner that passed over the dead line would be shot. Luckily today, a deadline designates a time we should not pass, and you won’t be shot for missing one. Yet, some deadlines give us […]

Getting to Know Your Top 10 Donors

This week’s blog is courtesy of Susan Bottum, Vice President at HUB Philanthropic Solutions.   Whether you are a CEO, Executive Director, or Development officer, one of your main priorities is to know your organization’s top donors.  “Knowing” these key constituents goes beyond knowing their name, their spouse/partner name, where they live and work, etc.  […]

Make Donors Smile and Want to Give Ag...

This blog is Part II of a special two-part series on writing thank you letters.   Want to learn more? Register today for Heather’s popular CharityHowTo webinar on Thank You Letters.   I ended Part I discussing how thank-you letters must be authentic and donor-centered while still making an impact. This is easy to say […]

Make Donors Smile and Want to Give Ag...

This blog is Part I of a special two-part series on writing thank you letters. Stay tuned on Thursday for Part II. Want to learn more? Register today for Heather’s popular CharityHowTo webinar on Thank You Letters.   “Thank you.” These are two tiny, yet very powerful words—the two most important words in nonprofit fundraising. […]

People Give to People

My blog this week comes to you from the road. And as my team will tell you, I spend a lot of my travel time thinking about the big picture of nonprofits—the work we do, why we do it, how we can improve what we do, etc. When considering any issue, it’s amusing to me […]

Googol It?

Google was originally intended to be Googol, the number one followed by one hundred zeros, to signify the search engine would provide large amounts of information. However, during research for the domain, Googol was misspelled as Google, and the misspelling was quickly registered in 1997. Once the mistake was realized, it was too late. Everyone […]

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