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  • A 10-Year Fundraising Veteran Reflects on Past Donor Databases

    I worked in fundraising for ten years. I spent the first 2 ½ years of that time working on an MA in Philanthropic Studies, MPA in Nonprofit Management and a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. I spent the next seven and a half years working as frontline fundraiser/gift officer in higher […] Author information Bryan Roesler Account Executive at Bloomerang Bryan is a Peace Corps business...

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  • [VIDEO] A Case Study in Tripling Fundraising Results

    Tammy Zonker, Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Children’s Center of Wayne County (Detroit), recently joined us for a webinar in which she guided us through a case study of a three-year philanthropy operations turnaround, which resulted in 300% growth in net contributions in just 36 months. In case you missed it, […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator a...

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  • Asking for Advice and the Remarkable Power of Pre-Suasion

    I’m sure you’ve heard it before: “You want advice, ask for money.  You want money, ask for advice.” And if you haven’t heard that old saw before, now you have. And it’s worth taking seriously! I’ve just finished reading the remarkable book Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade […] Author information Andrea Kihlstedt President at Capital Campaign Masters Andrea Kihlste...

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  • [SURVEY] The State of Donor Retention in 2017

    There’s a lot being written about donor retention – why it’s important and how to increase it – and even more data on the averages within the nonprofit sector. We’re curious what the real pursuit of donor retention looks like among boots-on-the-ground fundraisers. Your responses to this short, 2-minute survey […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bl...

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  • 4 Easy Steps To Nonprofit Leadership Succession Planning

    I have been intimately involved in a new CEO selection process on three different occasions during my tenures as a nonprofit board member at over a dozen different charities All three of these widely recognized and respected nonprofits had strategic plans in place, but in only one case did the […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ veteran of the nonprofit sof...

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  • Buying Fundraising Software? Checklist Good, Questionnaire Bad

    Every so often I have a prospective Bloomerang user send me a list of requirements – a matrix or even a questionnaire. My job as Account Executive is to fill it out as thoroughly as possible and send it back to them, then wait to see if they want to […] Author information James Goalder Account Executive at Bloomerang James Goalder is an Account Executive at Bloomerang. James serves on the ...

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  • 5 Questions for a Winning Donor Cultivation Event

    Donor cultivation events are one of my favorites because they’re fertile breeding grounds for donor prospecting.  I had the pleasure of speaking at BloomCon last month on donor prospecting. Audience members asked some great questions on donor cultivation events, like “what if I put a few pledge forms out? Is that ok?” My […] Author information Rachel Muir Vice President of Training at Pursuan...

  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Nonprofit Health and Sustainability Benchmark Survey

    Even though sustainability is somewhat of a buzzword in the sector, it is attainable by any nonprofit through just a few key metrics and internal processes. We were curious whether or not the average nonprofit organization, and the sector as a whole, is on the road to sustainability. So we […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. She serves...

  • Planning a Capital Campaign: The Essential First Steps

    A capital campaign is a targeted fundraising effort designed to raise funds for a specific project. They’re often used to support building projects or construction — efforts that require multiple years and millions of dollars to complete. As such, capital campaigns can be immense projects that are quite overwhelming to […] Author information Jenny Goldberg Vice President at Aly Sterling Phila...

  • Fundraising Mentoring: A Lost Art?

    During a recent speaking engagement with a mixed group of experienced, as well as brand new fundraisers, we were discussing the various methods of gaining proper fundraising knowledge. The options revolving around webinars, conferences, certifications, college-related courses and reading publications were all discussed fairly in-depth. However, a very key method […] Author information Jay Lov...

  • 5 Reasons to be Wary of Third-Party Fundraisers

    I love raising money. Most of the time. The other day I stumbled across a Facebook post from a beloved nonprofit for a third-party fundraiser that brought back a slew of bad memories of wasted time and little return. For those who are not familiar with the term, a third-party […] Author information Bryan Roesler Account Executive at Bloomerang Bryan is a Peace Corps business adviser servin...

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  • 10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Ask

    Are you steeling yourself for the big Ask or hesitating and uncertain of your timing? If you can answer each of these questions confidently, you should be ready to make that Ask. If you cannot answer each of these 10 questions, it’s likely that the donor is not ready to […] Author information Terry Axelrod Founder and CEO at Benevon Terry Axelrod, founder and CEO of Benevon, has more than ...

  • The Top Fundraising Strategy Every Small Shop Should Be Using

    Running a small fundraising shop can be overwhelming – there are SO many fundraising strategies to choose from and only so much time in a day to do any of them effectively. Plus, there’s some new, awesome tool on the internet nearly every week. When you have limited resources of […] Author information Sandy Rees Sandy Rees is a nonprofit fundraising coach, author, speaker, and trainer. Sh...

  • The Nonprofit Wrap-Up – February 2017

    We wanted to share with you some nonprofit articles, opinions and resources that caught our eye in the month of February. Are You Honoring Your Small-Dollar Donors – “Fundraising isn’t about asking rich people for money. Fundraising is about the systems that take your first-time donor…to lifetime donor.” Read more >> […] Author information Cody Lawson Quality Assurance Analyst at Bloomerang ...

  • [VIDEO] Women and Giving: Meaningful Approaches and Stewardship

    Women and men make their giving decisions differently. In this webinar, Judith Smith, CFRE covers research regarding women and philanthropy and how it might apply to our work. Full Transcript: Steven:All right, Judi. My watch just struck 1:00 Eastern. Is it okay if I go ahead and kick us off […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. She serv...

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  • What Joining the Peace Corps and Buying a Donor Database Have In Common

    Despite an enjoyable tenure at Bloomerang, my wife and I will soon be joining the Peace Corps and leaving for Ukraine for a 27-month posting. When you are about to embark on such a life-changing experience, I did what most people would do: look for advice. And let me tell […] Author information Bryan Roesler Account Executive at Bloomerang Bryan is an Account Executive at Bloomerang. Prior...

  • [SURVEY] Nonprofit Organizational Health and Sustainability

    Even though sustainability is somewhat of a buzzword in the sector, it is attainable by any nonprofit through just a few key metrics and internal processes. Your responses to this short, 5-minute survey will give us an idea of whether or not your organization, and the sector as a whole, […] Author information Jessica Hartnagle Technical Product Manager at Bloomerang Jessica Hartnagle is a ...

  • Bloomerang Named To 2017 “Best Places to Work in Indiana” List

    Bloomerang has been honored as one of the 100 best places to work in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. This was the second year that Bloomerang applied and the second year we were honored. A total of 200 companies applied to the program this year. […] Author information Ross Hendrickson COO at Bloomerang Ross Hendrickson is COO at Bloomerang. He draws on his years of...

  • What Makes a Capital Campaign a Capital Campaign?

    HINT: It’s NOT because it raises the money to build buildings! Capital Campaigns are Spring Boards to Increased Impact They raise the money to move your organization from business as usual to doing more good for more people. They increase your capacity to make a difference in the world by […] Author information Andrea Kihlstedt President at Capital Campaign Masters Andrea Kihlstedt has li...

  • Limited Support on Presidents’ Day

    We’ll be out of the office on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day and will resume responding to support requests on Tuesday, Feb. 21. If you have any questions, please email us at support@bloomerang.co. Be sure to register for one of our upcoming webinars! Author information Jason Oliver Director, Customer Support at Bloomerang Jason Oliver is the Director of Customer Support ...

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  • Fundraisers: Don’t Ignore The Rise of the Ents

    “The Ents are going to wake up and find that they are strong” – Gandalf, The Two Towers If you’ve never seen or read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Ents were tree-like creatures that lay peaceful and relatively dormant for thousands of years. When Saruman started tearing down […] Author information James Goalder Account Executive at Bloomerang James Goalder is an Account Executive at B...

  • 5 Ways to Get Your Nonprofit Press Release to Stand Out

    To fulfill their missions, many nonprofits depend on grants, campaigns, partnerships and positive exposure. One of the easiest ways to get positive exposure and raise awareness about your nonprofit is to direct what journalists and news sites say about you and when they say it. The first step to doing […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang...

  • Stay Together – How to Encourage a Lifetime of Donor Loyalty

    Every nonprofit wants donors to stay. To stick around. Collecting donations is not your only goal. It is a means to something much bigger. You want to make something significant happen for the underlying mission of your organization. Together, with your loyal donors, you know you can change your corner […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ veteran of the nonp...

  • 4 Ways Fundraisers Can Discern Demographics with Data

    When it comes to doing more with less—which seems to be something of a fundraiser’s creed—making data-driven decisions and taking advantage of technological efficiencies is a powerful way to maximize on the output of your resources. One of a fundraiser’s primary concerns is having a keen understanding of the demographics […] Author information Clay Boggess Marketing Manager at Big Fundraising...

  • [VIDEO] Improve Your One-On-One, In-Person Asking Style

    Brian Saber recently joined us for a webinar in which he taught how to ask for individual gifts in a way that suits you personally, making you more comfortable and more effective. In case you missed it you can watch the replay here: Full Transcript: Steven: All right, Brian, is […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. She serves on the Blog...

  • Why Every Fundraiser Should Have a Sustainability Scorecard

    So much has been written about nonprofit outcomes, especially when utilizing them to help donors and funders find other criteria than overhead percentages to judge by when supporting charities. Yes, outcomes should be mission-related, but in order for any charity to sustain itself over the long run, key metrics must […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ veter...

  • An Introduction to Benevon – Creating Sustainable Funding for Nonprofits

    Terry Axelrod, Benevon Founder & CEO, recently joined us for a webinar in which she introduced us to Benevon’s systematic process for creating sustainable funding by engaging and developing relationships with passionate individual donors who truly love your mission. You can listen to the replay here: Full Transcript: Steven: All […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketi...

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  • 3 Reasons Why Fundraiser Turnover Is High (And What You Can Do About It)

    Much has been written about development director turnover. Yes, it’s a problem; it’s a problem well documented (and perhaps a little over exaggerated). New research from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy offers a more nuanced analysis of the turnover question, suggesting higher turn over occurs earlier in a professional’s […] Author information Adam Clevenger Senior Associate at Loring ...

  • [VIDEO] Why Outcomes, Not Output, Is the Key to Nonprofit Sustainability

    On this episode of Bloomerang TV, Jamie Levy, President and Chief Vision Officer at JDLevy & Associates, joins us to discuss why outcomes, not output, are the key to nonprofit sustainability. Full Transcript: Steven:Hey, there. Welcome to Bloomerang TV. Thanks for tuning in. I’ve been thinking a lot about sustainability and […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Co...

  • 5 Ways Fundraisers Can Get Their Co-Workers Interested In Fundraising

    Fundraising challenges come at you from all directions. Sometimes the most disheartening and difficult challenge is the resistance you might receive from your co-workers. At some stage you’ve probably witnessed the other staff in your charity complain about fundraising or felt their lack of support and interest. You might even […] Author information Simon Scriver Professional Fundraising Cons...

  • [VIDEO] Capital Campaigns: Best Practices, Common Mistakes

    Brent A. Hafele, M.A. recently joined us for a webinar in which he reviewed three best practices to better ensure capital campaign success, as well as three common mistakes that can sink your campaign. In case you missed it, you can watch the full replay here: Full Transcript: Steven: All […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. She serves ...

  • Why Every Nonprofit Should Invest in Professional Photography

    Are your nonprofit organization’s communications looking a little — hate to say it — amateurish? There are so many tiny details that can chip away at the professionalism and credibility of your materials. Typos, bad formatting and too much copy are just a few. But there’s a simple, affordable step […] Author information Nicole Cassidy Founder at Front Porch Communications, LLC Nicole Cassi...

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  • [VIDEO] 3 Secrets to Raising Major Gifts You Can’t Survive Without

    Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE recently joined us for a webinar in which she explained how to find the hidden wealth already hiding in your database, discover the do’s and don’ts of getting a first meeting with your best donors and identify the right metrics to measure your progress and help you […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. She serves on...

  • Nonprofits: Be Careful With Your Acronyms

    Will you allow me to vent for a second? I was on a nonprofit’s website this week that uses an acronym in their name. I searched for 10 minutes on the website and never found what the letters stand for. At first, I felt silly. Then, I grew frustrated. Be […] Author information Mitch Peterson Account Executive at Bloomerang Mitch Peterson is an Account Executive at Bloomerang. He was previou...

  • How One Nonprofit Increased Donor Lifetime Value by 50%!

    One of my favorite non-fiction books of all time (which is saying something since I read several each month) is Winning With Data by Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien. Both are quite experienced at utilizing and analyzing both small and massive amounts of data to reach game changing insights. Chapter […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ veteran of the nonprofit s...

  • [VIDEO] Is Your Donor Management System Capital Campaign Ready?

    Our own Jay Love recently joined Andrea Kihlstedt on her excellent Capital Campaign Masters series to discuss the role a donor database plays in capital campaign planning and execution. You can listen to the full discussion below: Full Transcript: Andrea: Thank you so very much for being with us today. […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomeran...

  • Bloomerang Partners with SOFII, The Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration

    We are delighted to announce that Bloomerang has become SOFII’s newest business partner! Our sponsorship will enable SOFII to add more unique content to their website so that more fundraisers around the world can conduct ethical and inspirational fundraising campaigns that have been influenced by SOFII. “Bloomerang has had a […] Author information Ross Hendrickson COO at Bloomerang Ross He...

  • 5 #GivingTuesday Lessons from the Donor’s Perspective

    About six weeks have passed since Giving Tuesday. With the year-end giving rush now completed and perhaps the January lull upon you, this becomes a good time to reflect on how your organization fared. I can pretty much guarantee that those who did well on Giving Tuesday started planning and […] Author information Linda Wastyn President at Wastyn & Associates M. Linda Wastyn, Ph.D., Presi...

  • The Dilemma Regarding Measuring Outcomes Every Nonprofit Faces

    Over the last three decades I have had the opportunity to see how some of the best nonprofits that thoughtfully measure outcomes make it happen. As CEO of Social Solutions, our sector-leading case management software truly influenced the outcomes of thousands of nonprofits in their core mission work. Unfortunately, those […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ ...

  • [VIDEO] 7 Steps to a Simple, Successful Fundraising Plan

    Sandy Rees, CFRE recently joined us for a webinar in which she showed seven simple steps to creating a written plan so you can raise all the money you need to fully fund your budget in the coming year. In case you missed it, you can watch the replay here: […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. She serves on the Blog & Social Media Committ...

  • Asking and Food: Do They Go Together?

    Over the years numerous people have asked me about soliciting gifts over a meal. 3,000+ meetings into my career – almost half of which involved food – for me it’s an unqualified YES! The big concern I’ve heard is that a meal seems too festive or casual for a “business […] Author information Brian Saber President at Asking Matters Brian Saber is President of Asking Matters, a web-based comp...

  • New Study Shows Donor Retention Rates Are In Decline

    When attending elementary school back in my small rural town, which did not have a public library, I literally ran to the mail box each Friday morning to feed my desire for something new to read. You see, every Friday a new edition of the Weekly Reader magically arrived in […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ veteran of the nonprofit software industry, Jay L...

  • The Nonprofit Wrap-Up – January 2017

    We wanted to share with you some nonprofit articles, opinions and resources that caught our eye in the month of January. The Trouble with Your Entitled Donors – “Is it worth your time and trouble to give donors some say in when and how to hear from you?” Read more >> […] Author information Cody Lawson Quality Assurance Analyst at Bloomerang Cody is a Quality Assurance Analyst at Bloomerang...

  • [INFOGRAPHIC] 2016 Fundraising Effectiveness Donor Retention Supplement

    The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) has released the findings from the Donor Retention Supplement to the 2016 report, and the infographic below by our friends at DonorTrends summarizes some of the key findings of the report. You can view the full 2016 FEP Survey Report and the Supplement Report here […] Author information Steven Shattuck Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang A pro...

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  • Fundraisers: This Email Setting Could Annoy Donors

    Imagine you’re a donor who has a question to ask, feedback to share, or even a large gift to make. You fire up your email and send a message to the fundraiser or someone you know at the organization, only to receive one of the automatic response types below: My […] Author information Steven Shattuck Chief Engagement Officer at Bloomerang A prolific blogger and speaker, Steven curates our e...

  • 5 Steps To Becoming a Nonprofit Media Relations Expert

    “You’re the best little secret in the city!” That’s supposed to be a compliment, right? But doesn’t it sit uncomfortably with you? The comment might be well-intentioned, but it means that your message isn’t reaching far. Many people don’t know about the services you offer, and it just seems like […] Author information Leah Shattuck Communications Director at Alzheimer's Association Greater In...

  • [VIDEO] 10 Tips for Effective Nonprofit Copywriting

    Sheena Greer recently joined us for a webinar in which she explained how to transform your copywriting from stale and stodgy into spectacular and stunning. In case you missed it, you can watch the replay here: Full Transcript: Steven: All right. Well, good afternoon everyone if you are on the […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. | Twi...

  • Early-Bird Registration Open for BloomCon 2017!

    Looking to up your fundraising game in 2017? Early-bird registration is now open for BloomCon, a unique conference for nonprofit fundraisers, consultants and Bloomerang users. This year, Tom Ahern, Simone Joyuax, Kivi Leroux Miller and Rachel Muir will share the latest research and best practices that will help you unlock […] Author information Ross Hendrickson COO at Bloomerang Ross Hendr...

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  • 4 Data Services That Can Enhance Your Donor Database

    Most sports fans cringe when they hear the words “performance enhancing substance.” Our minds immediately jump to individuals and teams which we consider to be “cheaters.” We condemn those who have even been suspected of gaining an unfair advantage. Luckily, taking steps to enhance the performance of your donor database […] Author information Eli Wood Software Engineer at Bloomerang Eli Wo...

  • Lifetime Value: Your Donor Acquisition Strategy Secret Weapon

    Understanding the concept of Lifetime Value can have an immense impact on your fundraising practices. Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector does not hold it in as high esteem as the for-profit sector, particularly the tech sector. If you aren’t familiar with Lifetime Value, it can be described in the nonprofit sector […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & CEO at Bloomerang A 30+ vetera...

  • [VIDEO] Crafting Your Nonprofit Event Appeal Story

    Kristin Steele of Swaim Strategies recently joined us for a webinar in which she explained how to choose an effective story for the biggest potential fundraising moment at an event: the special appeal, and tell it in a way that compels donors to lean in and emotionally connect. In case […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. | Twitter | ...

  • 5 Principles to Help Closed Loop Organizations Find More Donors

    In my most recent post here I unpacked five principles to help open loop organizations find more donors. Today I want to pull back the curtain on how closed loop organizations can accelerate their acquisition. As a refresher: a closed loop organization has beneficiaries that will one day be donors, […] Author information Curt Swindoll Executive VP, Strategy at Pursuant Curt Swindoll is the...

  • Nonprofits: Don’t Be Lazy With Your Email Subject Lines

    It’s already hard enough to get your constituents to read and interact your emails. But don’t make it harder by not giving them a reason to open your emails in the first place. Here’s a real life example. I’m a big IndyCar fan. I love going to the Indy 500 […] Author information Mitch Peterson Account Executive at Bloomerang Mitch Peterson is an Account Executive at Bloomerang. He was prev...

  • [FREE DOWNLOAD] Nonprofit Press Release Template

    A key factor in whether or not you get attention from the media is the quality of your press release. Use this template to ensure that you quickly and clearly communicate your nonprofit’s exciting news to journalists and other members of the media. You can download the template for free […] Author information Leah Shattuck Communications Director at Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Cha...

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  • 8 Benefits of Fully Engaged Donors

    “I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness.” — Dr. Ian K. Smith, celebrity physician You will be a successful fundraising professional if you make giving fun and enjoyable for donors and engage them in ways they will find meaningful. Gallup, the international polling company, conducted a […] Author information Michael Rosen President at ML Innovations, Inc....

  • “Is Your Organization Outgrowing eTapestry?”

    I received a flurry of emails, calls and texts from partners and current eTapestry customers after Blackbaud sent out the following email in July 2016: Subject: Is your organization outgrowing eTapestry? The Blackbaud product portfolio has recently undergone a major improvement intiative, offering a true, best-in-class experience across the board. […] Author information Jay Love Co-Founder & ...

  • [VIDEO] The Case for Integrated Nonprofit Planning

    Sam Frank recently joined us for a webinar in which he showed how the various kinds of strategic planning needed by a nonprofit can intersect with and reinforce each other. In case you missed it, you can watch the replay here: Full Transcript: Steven: All right, Sam, is it okay […] Author information Kristen Hay Kristen Hay is the Marketing Coordinator at Bloomerang. | Twitter | The ...

  • What Does Your Donor Database Measure?

    Are you asking how important your mission and organization is to your donor’s lives? Harvard Business Review recently published an article about misunderstanding of CRMs by business leaders. They could have easily been writing it about misunderstanding of donor databases by nonprofit leaders. To be an effective relationship management tool […] Author information Gabriel Harkov Account Executi...

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