Communicating Your Plan to the Board

Mar 31, 2022

Last week, we talked about the budget. Oh, those numbers can be tricky but they’re such a big piece of getting your fundraising plan solidified.  

What’s next?  

You pitch to the board to get their buy-in.   

  • You’ve prepped everything  
  • You created line charts to show revenue, expenses and projected growth 
  • You know your numbers  
  • You prepared a script 

And the day comes for your pitch... 

>>>>>>And they tear...

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Why You Need a Budget with Your Fundraising Plan

Mar 24, 2022

Before we launch into why you need a budget, I want to touch on the fundraising plan (cause why have a budget without a plan?). 

Last week, we talked about the value of a fundraising plan. The week before, we talked about why it’s important to plan at all

Here’s a bit of a recap... 

The plan is where it all happens. So, when you carve out time to start writing your plan, you start by asking some questions - this list is not...

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What’s the Value of a Fundraising Plan?

Mar 17, 2022

So, last week we talked about why we need to plan 

To refresh, we need to plan because it’s the best way you can meet that year-end financial target.  

But it’s not just planning – it's formalizing a fundraising plan.  

And there’s great value in developing a plan because you have all of your initiatives mapped out under one big umbrella. 

Don't ya love beach umbrellas!

Whether you do direct mail, special...

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Why Plan?

Mar 10, 2022

You work a small- to mid-sized charity. You're the sole fundraiser or you have a small team. You're wearing multiple hats and fundraising is just one of them or fundraising is your only focus. 

Whatever the case may be – what we know is this:  

It’s your job to meet your fundraising target each year.  

And how do you do that?  

You plan.  

And by plan, we mean plan your fundraising plan.  

Let’s face it.  

>>Some of us wing it...

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Lessons in Resiliency and the Way Forward

Feb 18, 2022

You know when you’re witness to a pivotal conversation? This is one of them.  

Cathy Mann is joined by special guest, Sharon Redsky from Redsky Fundraising. Sharon is a resident of Winnipeg and First Nation member of Shoal Lake #40. She has extensive experience in working with Indigenous-led organizations and was awarded the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction, Community Champion Award in 2017. 

Cathy and Sharon sit down to talk about resiliency, correcting disparities and the need...

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How to Train Your Board in Fundraising

Jan 26, 2022

Cathy is joined by special guest, Maureen Lymburner from Home Again Furniture Bank, who wants to implement mini fundraising education sessions for her board.

Maureen shares with Cathy that they have added new members to the board and are recruiting more. The educational sessions will help as the board members are coming in from different organizations with different levels of fundraising knowledge. 

"Most hear the word fundraising and want to hide under a table!"


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The Importance of Multi-Channel Marketing

Dec 02, 2021

Multi-channel marketing: it sounds all fancy shmancy.

And there are a lot of moving parts to it but here's what it really means: using a variety of marketing channels to reach your target audience. This can include direct mail, email, social media, paid social, paid search, telemarketing, traditional media like radio, TV... the list goes on...

And it can be challenging when you’re the sole fundraiser to implement it.

So why do it?

Because increasing the number of channels or platforms...

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How to Write a Thank You Letter

Nov 04, 2021

Oh man, today’s topic is so important!

We’re talking thank you letters.

They’re a critical piece to your fundraising mix but often, they’re either not done well or sometimes not even done at all.

So, I’m going to answer the age-old question: how is a thank you letter like a drag queen?

Doesn’t everyone ask that?

Before I share a story, let me talk about why we even need thank you letters.

Did you know that something like 60% of first-time donors do not...

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5 Clues Your Database Needs a Clean-Up - Plus a Bonus Clue!

Oct 14, 2021

Oh data…we love you but why is our relationship a struggle sometimes?

You know, every client we’ve ever worked with needed to work on their data. So if you feel like your data needs some work…

You. Are. Not. Alone.

Your database can do so many important things…if it is well configured.

We have a lot of clients vociferously tell us just how bad their donor database is. When we ask a few more questions, we usually discover that they are using a not bad off-the-shelf...

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How Planning is Key to Managing Multiple Fundraising Initiatives

Oct 07, 2021

Have you ever heard of the old Zen saying: If you don’t have time to meditate for 5 minutes, then meditate for an hour.

(ummmm….I can’t do that with my legs)

Now, I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried meditating but when you are a fundraiser, you are b.u.s.y. And there are only so many hours in a day.

And as a fundraiser, you have multiple projects that need to be worked on concurrently.

You have…

  • A direct marketing (DM) campaign that needs to get out
  • A...
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