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Published: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:28:39 -0500


Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Business Idea?

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:03:31 -0500

There are many ways to try to get funding for your business. You can use credit cards, get a traditional loan, take out equity from your house, or use crowdfunding.

Funders Want Outcomes, Not Output

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:45:14 -0500

As an Evaluator of grant recipients, I have seen many times when non-profits and government agencies do not get or lose funding because they focus on outputs instead of producing outcomes. This article includes some tips to help focus on outcomes and improve your chances of getting funding.

Donations Can Get the Job Done

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:59:34 -0600

It is difficult for start-ups to find the right sourcing. Learn how to ensure that your business is getting the funds it needs.

How to Ensure That Your Fundraiser Is a Success

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:25:42 -0600

Learn the importance of fundraising as an investment and how a fundraising consultant can help turn your investment into a much-needed return for your organization. Fundraising event planning, proposal writing, grant management, and strategic planning are all important components of a successful fundraising campaign.

A Crowdfunding Guide - Effective Crowdfunding Setup - Why Goals Are Important

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 06:56:44 -0600

A Crowdfunding Guide - Effective Crowdfunding Setup - Why Goals are Important, will help you to consider another one of the main pointers in setting up your own unique funding proposition. Of course I am talking about 'Goal-setting' and you will often see and hear many business people talk about the benefits of goal-setting. Certainly, even an aircraft has a goal, when the pilot sets the destination into his instrument console, the plane will eventually make its way to the destination. Why I say 'eventually' is because the plane does not go in a straight line directly to its target, it is often taken off course by the prevailing winds and has to continually correct its position so as to reach its final destination. So too it is with crowdfunding, you have to set your initial goal and may find you have to make several adjustments along the way to get it right.

A Crowdfunding Guide - An Introduction to Effective Crowdfunding

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:58:43 -0600

This article - a crowdfunding guide,will help to clarify just what this new term means and arm you with some basic knowledge of its uses and application. I have eliminated all of the 'mumbo-jumbo' and kept it straight forward so you do not have to be a Rocket Scientist to understand it. Crowdfunding is basically where you start out with an idea to raise capital. This can be money you require for a special project, a new company startup,a charity, a medical operation or even a holiday you want to take. You can set up a crowdfunding page for virtually anything you need to raise money for. Some companies (and individuals) have been saved from financial ruin by the use of this simple method. And, just like The Lone Ranger would ride in and save the day, so too does this method help to save many from the jaws of financial demise.

6 Fundraising Ideas for Charity

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:52:34 -0600

Fundraising is the way by which a person or an organization can help others who are in need both financially and physically. But this is not practically possible for one individual. Fortunately or unfortunately the charity fundraisers the traditional way is lengthy and boring.

How Should You Choose Your ULIP Fund?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:03:52 -0600

ULIP products offer dual benefits of protection cover along with an investment component. Policyholders pay a certain premium either monthly, half-yearly or yearly basis for a term of around 5 to 15 years. A small portion of the premium goes for your account maintenance charges such as policy administration, fund management, allocation, switching charges and the rest of the amount goes for protection cover and investment in market-linked funds. These funds are generally categorized as equity, debt or balanced fund portfolio.

How to Approach a VC

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:57:39 -0500

There is no shortcut. There is also no magic formula. The key is preparation and in knowing your market, product/service, and in communicating the essence in a crisp manner.

How To Publish E-Books That Generate Real Profits

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:00:42 -0500

The world of e-book publishing is rich with new authors. While publishing your own digital book is certainly a great way to generate extra cash, this does not mean that all titles are guaranteed to generate both interest and profits. The sad fact is that most won't. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to increase the likelihood of success in these endeavors.

7 Must-Knows About Social Media Fundraising

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:15:07 -0500

I speak to nonprofits every week. I have to admit, some executive directors and fundraisers love social media and others hate it. Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay so you better get used to it. And, more importantly, you should try to work it into your overall planning.

How to Promote Your Shoe Drive Fundraising Event

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:19:30 -0500

With the fall comes a lot of nonprofit fundraising events to promote. One of the best ones I've seen recently was with the Whitesboro Music Boosters out of Marcy, New York. Their coordinator, Robin Wynn, was searching out fundraising ideas and decided to do a shoe drive fundraiser.

The 10 Things To Know To Put On A Benefit Fundraiser

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:42:18 -0500

You need to put on a benefit fundraiser for a friend or loved-one with cancer or who has met with misfortune and you have no idea how! This is the step-by-step formula that works every time!

Regulation A+ Capital Raising Basics

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:23:32 -0500

On June 19, 2015, new rules expanding Regulation A became effective. The expanded rules are commonly known as Regulation A+. The new rules which were promulgated under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), create two Tiers of exempt offerings, both of which allow securities to be offered and sold to the general public.

Words Matter - Leading With What Is Important

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:09:56 -0500

Lead with the important information. Be clear about what you want to accomplish and make sure you are saying what needs to be said.

Simple Steps To Organize A Successful Charity Fundraising Event

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:42:42 -0500

Charity fundraising events can be very challenging and overwhelming to put together even for those with experience in planning the same. The professional party planning may not always be an option in such events usually because of budget limits. But the good news here is that by following a few simple steps you can actually manage to organize an event that turns out great in the end. The steps below will not only increase your success rates, but will also give you a smoother experience planning the event.

Grant Funding Vs Earned Income

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:10:18 -0500

The most common cause for new business failure is lack of sufficient financial resources. One of the most important items for anyone contemplating starting a new business is the amount of start-up cash available. When the initial funding is short grants may or may not be available to help.

Getting Beyond the Wastepaper Bin!

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:10:28 -0500

Before you make a fundraising bid be clear about what you want; make it evidence based and demonstrate outcomes to be achieved by the funding. To make an effective appeal to industry or commerce you must have a basic understanding of why corporates give. This enables you to put forward good reasons why they should support your work. Some companies receive up to 100 applications each week. You need to make a good case for yours to be successful. A company will not be particularly impressed with a general plea to 'put something back into the community'. They want something more substantial. You should be able to demonstrate a clear link with the company, be it geographical, product, employee contact, or some other connection.

Tips For Being More Creative With Fundraising

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:24:38 -0500

Guide/reference to techniques, things to consider for new, small, & emerging groups in the Voluntary Sector. Improve engagement with potential funders in the statutory, corporate, trusts/foundations.

Equity Crowdfunding: Promising, But Messy by Now

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:36:12 -0500

May 16, 2016 is the landmark day for a new group of equity crowdfunding websites entering the crowdfunding market. What kind of the crowdfunding market will those websites face? Will "crowd" accept them as other crowdfunding websites already existed?

Utilizing Fundraising Activity For Your Organization

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:15:04 -0500

Everyone needs funds in order to take their organization to the next level. Read this article to discover how you can raise funds for your team.

5 Elements of a Winning Sponsorship Presentation

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:21:34 -0500

You're ready! You've got an idea you're excited about and can't wait to start implementing it. You mapped out your schedule and put together all the necessary information for the plan to go with your idea. You'd love to give it just one last once over, though - maybe a "presentation checklist" if you will. This week I've put together for you a list of things that could help you feel even more confident (and in turn, more excited!) going into your sponsorship presentation. That's where I come in: to share the 5 elements that you'll need to give a winning sponsorship presentation!

How to Ask for a Sponsorship With Confidence

Wed, 25 May 2016 09:19:50 -0500

You've done the prep work, and now... The time has come: you've picked up the phone. You've sent emails. You've made connections. You've written and sent out sponsorship proposals. A potential sponsor has reached out to you, asking for a meeting where you will present your sponsorship proposal and idea. You do a little excited dance, a fist pump in the quiet of your victory. but now what?

Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Kickstarter

Fri, 20 May 2016 10:26:59 -0500

1. See the big picture: Thinking solo about your crowdfunding project is not the way. You have to keep your audience in mind.

How To Run An Effective Fundraising Campaign

Mon, 02 May 2016 11:17:39 -0500

One of the most important things any nonprofit needs is to raise money to support their programs. I always speak about having a big vision and, when possible, growing to scale. It always takes money to make these things happen.

Fundraising Wristbands - Need Help Raising Money?

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:46:23 -0500

Fundraising wristbands will definitely appeal to your donors, as they are cool and trendy and create an inspiring atmosphere. When you need to raise funds for your organization, school group or sports club, wristbands will go hand in hand with success. Wristbands can promote anything from the local book club to school sports or the local church.

Sponsorship Training - 3 Questions to Building Sustainable Sponsorship

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:42:54 -0500

I love sponsorship training! Seriously... when I get on the phone with a client, I'm always excited to help them figure out how to get sponsored, from the basics to the dirty details of the actual launch. However, often my work isn't logistical. A question I encounter often is: "How do I know what I am doing is working? Was the sponsorship successful?" As entrepreneurs and non-profits, we're working our tails off to create a business (yes, your non-profit is a business!) that makes an the world... and also an income for us. Its success, no matter how small, is what keeps us pouring our time and energy into it. If you're anything like me, you want to build on the momentum of sponsorship and grow sponsorships as a way to fund and build your dream.

Using Signs to Promote Community Events

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:25:57 -0500

Hosting a community event can be a great way to draw in business for your area. From farmer's markets and craft fairs to festivals and fundraisers, they are all a great way to bring in new people to your community and create awareness for what your town has to offer. But simply creating the event is not enough, advertising and promoting it is a must!

Promote Your Charitable Organization With Screen-Printed Wristbands

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:40:51 -0500

Wristbands could be a real mainstay of any charitable effort. When using wristbands, with so many possibilities and options, you will be able customize them however you want. From many colors, shapes, and styles to personalized content and art, the possibilities are endless.

Fundamentals of Crowdfunding

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 08:53:31 -0500

By definition, crowdfunding is a method of financing a business venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. It is mostly achieved with the use of internet through websites that allow business people raise money; but the concept can also be carried out through other means. Of recent, crowdfunding has become a trend in the world of business, be it a startup or accomplished businesses.

Fundraising Ideas for a Service Dog

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:28:50 -0500

If you're in the process of obtaining a Service Dog, one of the first things you should start thinking about is fundraising since this investment can cost thousands of dollars. While it may seem impossible, there are many ways to raise the needed money.

Student Entrepreneurs Need to Embrace Crowdfunding

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:42:08 -0500

Revolutionizing traditional methods is no longer as rare as hen's teeth. Crowdfunding is one among the best instances that can be cited of relevance to the above statement. People from all over the world are highly adapting this technique as the primary source of accumulating funds for their idea or project or cause.

Signs and Fundraising

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:53:46 -0500

Fundraisers can be hectic to coordinate and run. Custom signs and decals can be a great way to lessen the burden on you and other volunteers and make the event run more smoothly.

Twenty-First Century Collaboration Challenge

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:41:47 -0500

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits to attract individual supporters and generate perpetual donations for sustained survivability in the 21st century. The article discusses how to keep the givers giving.

Is Crowdfunding Right For Your Non-Profit?

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:46:27 -0600

Non-profits today don't rely on traditional fundraising methods completely. Technology has availed us with some truly whimsical options for fundraising. Crowdfunding has been one of them.

Sponsorship Training - How to Get a Sponsor/Funding and 3 HUGE Mistakes to Avoid Now!

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:55:22 -0600

If you want to get sponsors for your business, startup or nonprofit and avoid the sponsorship mistakes that stop most people dead in their tracks, read this immediately! Here are 3 major mistakes I've seen those seeking funding for their business make!

Tips for Hosting a Charity Event

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:47:50 -0600

Events are very crucial for many organizations. They are often the maker or breaker of a charity's fundraising efforts. Making sure that everything is running smoothly can be a tough task, but it is a very important one. Read my tips on how to get the job done!

How to Get Sponsored - Provide Your Company With the ROI Needed by Giving the Right Exposure & Value

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:48:54 -0600

If you're wondering how to get sponsored, you could potentially save yourself a lot of rejections, and improve your chances of a long, successful relationship, by taking a moment to consider the ROI your sponsor will receive. Here are 3 ways to help give value to your sponsors and help them reach their business goals.

How Crowdfunding Helps Startups

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:25:36 -0600

Crowdfunding enables the entrepreneurs to pitch their idea to a broader audience rather than just specific investors. With social media prevailing so much nowadays, it is much easier to find like-minded people to contribute to your project.

Start-Up Social Organizations Should Look at Tech Companies for How to Raise Money

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:46:12 -0600

Tech companies know how to raise funds. It is time that start-ups and non-profits got the memo. The money is out there, you just need to know how to get it.

Crowdfunding Story of America

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:51:05 -0600

Crowdfunding is a realistic and exciting way to get funding for your business, church, or organization. Crowdfunding can make dreams come true, and help overcome today's obstacles, with just $1 from millions of supporters around the world.

Crowdfunding, Taking India by Storm!

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:27:18 -0600

As cliche as it may sound, there's no running from the fact that India is one of the youngest countries in the world. Unlike earlier where people aspired to be working with top-notch brands, we are gradually moving away from this thinking. Just a couple of days back, at my school reunion, when I met my friends, I was amazed by the discussion we had over dinner.

How to Fund Your Online Business With No Money

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:02:40 -0600

It is almost impossible to start a business online with no money. But there are a few insider tricks that the experts use to make money for their online businesses...

How to Get Sponsorship - Get Funding Fast for Your Business or Event by Discovering Your Own Values

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:59:20 -0600

I would eventually go on to work with amazing companies and secure millions of dollars in sponsorship BUT When I first started in sponsorship, there was a lot I didn't know. I remember thinking things like "we only need one more to sponsor to hit our budget" or "what's the fastest way to get a sponsor" - What I learned is that while I could get sponsored and often times find more sponsorship than we needed, they weren't sustainable or renewable sponsorships and that led to more work for me every year to constantly find new sponsors...

How Crowd Funding Is Going To Change The Way Startups Acquire Investment And Funding

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:18:33 -0600

Startups have changed the way people look at problems. Talented and hardworking entrepreneurs behind these enterprises are adamant about changing the world. Innovative technologies and solutions are going to help people cope with hardship in day-to-day life.

Fund Your Dream Project: Where Dollars and Dreams Meet

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:30:47 -0600

This growing phenomenon is Crowdfunding. And quite honestly, I didn't know of this term until this year. I was however, aware of the concept.

Crowdfunding Trends Gaining Momentum

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:48:11 -0500

Gone are those days when people strangled their genius business ideas, locked their creative insights, suppressed their adept skills because they had no capital for dream investments. Artists have gone unnoticed, thought provoking movies have failed to taste the flavor of 70 mm screen, revolutionary social campaigns took a halt before the evolution of a game changing idea of crowdfunding.

14 Awesome Summer Fair Fund Raising Ideas

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:09:49 -0500

14 fun and exciting ideas for fund raising at school summer fairs. Perfect for PTA's looking to increase their profit.

The 7 MUST Do's When Pitching Your Company for Funding

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:29:20 -0500

First of all, put yourself in my shoes. I assess hundreds of deal opportunities every year. These deals come literally from all over the globe. Typically these are already the best of the best my investment partners could find in their circles or region. In other words, you must assume you're competing with top-notch ventures, run by pros. Each investor has limited financial resources (i.e. nobody can or will fund every single deal). With that in mind, you MUST bring your A-game, not just a "revolutionary" idea.

Is Your Young Company Struggling to Find Investors? Is Money the ONLY Thing Between You and Success?

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:34:27 -0500

As a professional in the market of Direct Investments (Venture Capital and start ups), I assess and review between 300 and 400 young companies every year. Over the years my office has created a substantial network of co-investors, funds, investment bankers and other professionals and we all share deals and opportunities. It is always attractive to share quality deal flow as it can prevent us from having to sift through a pile of mediocre or less than average companies to work with.

Managing A Fundraising Company

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:57:04 -0500

Your online fundraiser store needs to bring in a constant stream of latest customers to be successful. Maintaining a stylish and updated fundraising help website is essential if you want to attract new clients. Site analytic tools are an outstanding way to track and report on your customer activity. Whether you use the right tools or not will have a great impact on your business decisions.

Critical Success Factor For Fundraising Through Crowdfunding Platform

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:56:20 -0500

Many a times, you come across situations where you need to collect money from a group of Friends. Say, for the weekend picnic, for giving a farewell gift to a colleague or, to help a friend with a medical emergency.

6 Steps Towards More Effective Philanthropic Fundraising

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 06:24:49 -0500

Every philanthropic or civic organization must face the reality that there is a need to raise revenues, if they are to effectively conduct the business of their group, as well as have the ability to assure their mission and vital, vibrant vision has the best possibility to succeed and move forward. However, many of the most committed philanthropists, often avoid the money-related aspects and focus on their essential plans, as well as the actual needs, priorities, and concerns, they wish to address. The reality is that since fundraising of some sort is a necessity, those involved in philanthropy...

Important Things You Must Know Before Commencing A Crowdfunding Campaign

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:08:36 -0500

Creating a successful crowdfunding campaign is not an easy thing. However, know that there will always be experts who can help you through.

The One Thing You Need to Know About Raising Funds

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:57:05 -0500

The ONE thing you need to know when raising funds, what nobody tells you is that: Funding is not a mechanical process, it is a human process. Funding decisions are as emotional as they are rational.

How to Take Funding From Your Friends or Relatives?

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:17:50 -0500

A business plan helps your lender clearly understand your ambitions and whether your business is going to be a successful one or not. With banks and other lending institutions, you have to submit a business plan beforehand.

Set It, Forget It and Get Fully Funded and Include $1 Tiers

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:45:59 -0500

Learn how to know if you'll get fully funded before you ever launch. Plus you'll discover the need for just charging a dollar.

Volunteer Projects That Raise Money

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:08:38 -0500

If your ministry has many members, volunteers or congregants, volunteer projects that raise money are a good idea. Typically, the entire infrastructure for the project is in place and your group need only provide the manpower to generate cash.

Tips For Creating Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:03:33 -0500

There are a lot of things to make sure that you will have a successful crowdfunding campaign. There are experts you can get help from nowadays.

Fundraising For a Start-Up

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:48:29 -0500

Money is the main thing to start any business. So here you have the ideas for fundraising a start-ups.

How To Access the $60 Billion Available Among Danish Foundations

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:34:47 -0500

Denmark has the second largest charitable sector in Europe. Collectively, Danish foundations have about $60 billion in accessible funds. In 2012, only three countries were more generous than Denmark relative to GNI, according to a special Wall Street 247 report. In this article, you will learn the best strategies for raising money from Danish foundations. Unless you are Danish, Denmark is a foreign country. Applying to funds requires a significant understanding of the application processes, and resources beyond normal fundraising skills. The reason is that the Danish language remains a barrier, for instance, most foundations have a difficult grant application process even for Danish people. This article aims to bring fundraisers closer to the wealthy foundations in Denmark in order to enhance international development.

How Venture Capital Works for Start-Ups and Small Businesses

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:16:29 -0500

With almost unlimited opportunities the advancement in technology is creating over the past two decades, many startups and small businesses today tend to seek for capital that could bring their dream business to success. While there is a wide range of financial sources that they can tap on, most of these entrepreneurs are hesitant in borrowing money from banks and financial lenders because of the risks involve. But good thing is that they've found a good alternative and that is by raising venture capital from the venture capitalists or VCs.

What Private Companies Engage in Public Listing

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:00:48 -0500

The term "public listing" is synonymous with "Initial Public Offering" or IPO. A private company aiming for growth and expansion can engage in public listing to raise capital. By the time the company CEO has formally signed in the stock exchange on the day of the IPO, the company is then considered a public entity and therefore a "publicly listed" company in the stock market.

What Makes A Fundraising Event Successful

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:17:30 -0500

Fundraising allows organizations to improve their finances. These finances are used to help individuals attain their dreams.

5 Things to Sort Out Before Thinking About Raising Funding for Your Business

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:44:15 -0500

Identify what the key tricks and tips you need to know are before looking to fundraise. This article explains how to successfully raise funding for your company from investors.

8 Tips To Highly Successful Venue Event Planning

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:09:34 -0500

You're planning an event, and you want it to be successful. To make things happen, it is important that you put things in place so that, even if there are issues that arise, you'll be able to handle them with finesse. It's all up to you, and with these tips, you'll be able to pull off a successful event, and enjoy every minute of it.

How to Transform Your Event Venue Into Something Amazing

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:20:18 -0500

The entire mood of a place can be completely transformed by following a few simple techniques. Creating light, filling space, and turning a joke into something a bit more serious is all possible with a bit of optimism and these tips. Just think about what mood you'd like to create, and what tools you have before you. It may surprise you how easily you can transform a venue into something magical.

Some Helpful Tips To Consider To Make Your Fundraising Event Successful

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:13:48 -0500

If it's your first time to organize a fundraising event, there are certain useful tips you can follow to make sure it goes smoothly, that it will help you achieve your goal and it will turn out successful. Below are some of these helpful tips.

How To Get Your Business Funded Writing A Great Business Plan

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:00:45 -0600

It is not uncommon for small businesses with limited resources to be challenged at the thought of facing their bank manager to apply for business funding. The reason is simple; regardless of how long you have been with your bank, you will still have to comply with formalities when it comes to funding your business start-up or business growth. Fundamentally, you will be asked to write a business plan for funding which must be presented with your application form. You may wonder why you need to present a business plan to lenders or investors. Let's think about why banks want you to prepare a business plan and then you will fully understand why investors ask for this precious document that will cost you some time and money to put together, but ultimately, if done well, will help you raise the much needed finance.

Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:56:17 -0600

Learn the top reasons why a business plan will be rejected for funding: 1. The marketing strategy shows the business lacks competitive edge in its industry or the business lacks a robust marketing strategy and is likely to fail. 2. The management team is inadequate and in some cases lack the competencies required for business success. 3.The business strategy is unclear and/or unfocussed with the risk of exposing the funder's capital to losses. 4. Financial projections are based on a rather optimistic assumptions, which when stress-tested show that the business will fail if the most likely outcomes in the marketplace materialised.

5 Tips to Get Your Board to Help With Fundraising

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:10:12 -0600

One of the biggest complaints I hear from Executive Directors and Development folks is that they wish their Board would help with fundraising. It's their job, right?

Should You Include a Reply Envelope in Your Fundraising Newsletter?

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:55:29 -0600

I had a great question recently from one of my students. She said "I am finding it very hard to include a return envelope with my newsletter.

Why Fundraising Newsletters Don't Work Anymore

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:02:45 -0600

You know that saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well, it's time to fix what's broken with your fundraising newsletter.

Help! I Need a Major Gift and I Need It Today!

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:02:31 -0600

Sometimes, even with the best plans, it can happen. A campaign doesn't go well.

How to Get Started With a Major Gifts Campaign

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:01:27 -0600

I bet you have more needs at your nonprofit than you can shake a stick at. You have programs that need to be funded, special projects to undertake and maybe equipment or vehicles you'd like to have.

Venture Funding - The Indian Growth Story!

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 07:05:59 -0600

In 2014, the country with $4.6 billion in its booty is the third highest venture capital funding destination after the US ($58.9bn) and China ($8.9bn). Bangalore topped the national chart claiming over 50% ($2.6bn) of the total funding in India.

Using Text Messages For Fundraising

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:50:12 -0600

Today, SMS campaigns are emerging as an important marketing strategy. Different organizations are using text messaging to rake in cash for varied events and causes. Some of the well-known politicians have used this technology extensively to raise money for their electoral campaigns and they have been quite successful. The Red Cross Organization used the text messaging strategy to collect funds after the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010.

Are You a Champion of the Small Investor

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:21:26 -0600

So where do we find these champions? From my vantage point these brave souls reside within the exempt market. This is the arena of the grass-roots investor, the gladiators of the entrepreneur. They thrive here, ready and eager to thoroughly engage the fledgling entrepreneur in all her glory. What they require in return, as a minimum, is your story, your passion and your commitment.

My Three Wishes for You for Successful Fundraising

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:32:40 -0600

I love the beach. I could sit for hours and just watch the waves.

Dear New Board Member (A Seussical Welcome Message to Get You Started on the Right Foot!)

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:21:11 -0600

Dear new Board member, Thank you for saying "yes" to serving on this Board! Not everyone has the heart for Board work, and I applaud your willingness to give your time, your talents, and yourself to this very worthy cause as a nonprofit Board member.

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Fall Direct Mail Fundraising Appeal

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:59:33 -0600

It's Fall! That means lots of nonprofits are ramping up their fundraising efforts and asking for donations.

Fundraising Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 06:43:40 -0600

You've probably heard it before... life is a marathon, not a sprint. Well the same holds true in the fundraising world.

Simple Tips That Bring BIG Fundraising Results

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 06:16:36 -0600

Usually when I teach a fundraising webinar or a workshop, people consistently tell me they love the practical tips I share. They love hearing something they can easily implement and see results from.

Kick Resolutions to the Curb - Create a Fundraising Vision Instead

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 06:15:55 -0600

It's that time of year again. That time when lots of people start making New Year's resolutions.

T-Shirts and Fundraisers

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:17:30 -0600

One popular way to do a fundraiser is by printing and selling t-shirts. Here are some thoughts that may help a t-shirt campaign go easier.

The Art of Picking Winners: How to Choose Which Startups to Invest in?

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:50:04 -0600

When it comes to investing in startups, there are one or two important criteria which we have to look out for. Here are some of the criteria given by our angel investors.

Putting It All Together - Evaluation to Planning to Execution

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:43:38 -0600

Evaluation requires you to put pen to paper. You fill out the worksheets and uncover your numbers.

Tips and Resources for Evaluating Your Fundraising Efforts

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:17:28 -0600

All month we have been stressing the importance of knowing where you are, tracking your outcomes and measuring your efforts for you know exactly how your fundraising is going and so you can stay on track to reaching your monthly and yearly fundraising goals. Here are some of our very best tips and resources for evaluating your fundraising efforts and tracking your success.

7 Tips for Keeping Donors Interested in Your Fundraising Communications

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:01:21 -0600

Have you ever had a conversation with your television? You know, one where you are screaming at the actor to look behind them or trying to convince a contestant to pick door #2?

Gimme, Gimme - The Downside of the Freebie Mindset

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:37 -0600

We all like getting something for free, right? Many nonprofits depend on in-kind gifts (free stuff) to do their work.

The Two Cornerstones of Fundraising

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:52:55 -0600

Fundraising can be easy or it can be hard. I know because I've done them both ways.

5 Tips for Creating Loyal Donors

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:52:14 -0600

Deeper relationships lead to increased giving. You already know that.

Beyond Raising Capital

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:06:43 -0600

Crowdfunding is not just about raising money. Investors who participate in a crowdfunding round have a shared passion for your idea, a vested interest in your company to see it succeed, and thus can help you in many ways non-financially. In a study by Nesta and the University of Cambridge, companies who did equity crowdfunding cited these as the top value-adds from crowdfunding investors:

Partnerships Can Help Build Successful Events

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:09:02 -0600

Raising funds and awareness can take a great deal of time and energy, and often does not create the results that organizations and groups had hoped for. When you build partnerships and collaborations that are meaningful and have clearly defined roles (and actions), your event or project can be catapulted to new levels of success.

How Crowdfunding Helps Entrepreneurs

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:00:44 -0600

Crowdfunding is the twenty-first century's alternative funding. We are familiar with huge multi-national corporations raising funds through their initial public offering (IPO) on a stock exchange market, but not sure how it will work for small unlisted companies who want to do the same. This articles writes about how crowdfunding helps entrepreneurs to raise funds for their business.

How Does Private Equity Work?

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:28:59 -0600

PE is an investment by high net worth individuals in return for an equity stake in a company. These shares are not publicly traded on the stock market. Such an investor becomes a part of the company he/she puts money in.

Do You Really Need Another Holiday Card or Company Swag?

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:51:18 -0600

This is a good time of year to consider the needs of those less fortunate than us. Do you really need more "stuff", cards from suppliers or little gifts? Why not donate that money instead?

Fundraising Event Ideas for High School Organizations

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:56:20 -0600

The fact that high school organizations don't always have enough money to fund their events is no surprise. Usually, the money is directed towards the education and not the events. But this problem can be resolved with the help of extra funds.

Let's Raise Money With a Candy Bar Fundraiser!

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:55:32 -0600

Learn why selling candy bars is such a successful way to raise funds for your school. Whether your trying to fund a new gym or new uniforms, candy bars are a fantastic way to do so.

What's the Next Step If Your Crowdfunding Campaign Fails?

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:50:40 -0500

What steps do you take IF your crowdfunding campaign fails and you don't reach your fundraising goal? I am, by nature, an eternal optimist. So, if I had a crowdfunding campaign that failed or didn't reach it's goal, my first thought would be, "get back up and try again".