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In this podcast, Steven Screen & Jeff Brooks give you super-actionable information for how you can make your next fundraising effort raise more money.

Fundraising is Beautiful Steven Screen, Jeff Brooks

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In this podcast, Steven Screen & Jeff Brooks give you super-actionable information for how you can make your next fundraising effort raise more money.

    The Power of Donor Love: Interview with Jen Love & John Lepp

    The Power of Donor Love: Interview with Jen Love & John Lepp

    You'll be equipped and inspired by this interview with Jen Love and John Lepp of Agents of Good in Toronto. They are powerful spokespersons for the idea and practical expression of loving donors. You'll learn how Courier font is a practical tool for donor love, why innovation in fundraising so often doesn't work, why ugly powers great fundraising, and how fundraisers can take care of themselves in our sometimes emotionally draining work.

    • 50 min
    11 amazing fundraising truths discovered by new writers

    11 amazing fundraising truths discovered by new writers

    We asked two new fundraising (and very successful) writers who have been doing some very great work what they know about fundraising that's making them succeed.
    Here's what they told us:
    Write as one person connecting with one person. Avoid the word "we" -- unless it very clearly means you the reader and I the writer. Start your first draft with this phrase: I'm writing to you today because... Use the word you a lot. Articulate the fundraising offer early and often. Tell a story of need, not success. Ask clearly for money. (Don't hint around!) Write at a 6th grade reading level. Include a P.S. and restate whatever is the most important thing in your message. Have a deadline, and mention it often. Keep the organization out of the way -- make it about what the donor can do. If you're new to the work, or feel intimidated by it, this list can push you way up your learning curve, and fast!
    Program #110
    Play: 11 amazing fundraising truths discovered by new writers (right click or "save as" to save the file for later).
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    Time: 24:29

    • 24 min
    Fundraising is about so much more than money

    Fundraising is about so much more than money

    Steven shares his short poem, "A Benediction for Fundraisers" (based on "Christ Has No Body" by St. Teresa of Avila [1515-1582]).
    We hope this very brief podcast inspires you to love the important work we do when we motivate donors to give.
    Program #109
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    Time: 3:24

    • 3 min
    Engagement fundraising -- how you raise the big bucks from the happiest donors

    Engagement fundraising -- how you raise the big bucks from the happiest donors

    This is a powerful and super-informative interview with Greg Warner, founder of MarketSmart who also hosts a great podcast called Engagement Fundraising.
    The secret to accelerating your fundraising program is this: find the right level of engagement and giving for every donor, especially:
    Those who will leave your organization a bequest. Those with the capacity to become mid-level or major donors. How do you discover this? Some combination of science and magic?
    Or just ask them?
    You'll love Greg's energy and passion as he describes all the love we're missing by not asking -- engaging with -- donors.
    Program #108
    Play: Engagement fundraising -- how you raise the big bucks from the happiest donors (right click or "save as" to save the file for later).
    Time: 23:10

    • 23 min
    How to conduct interviews that get you the fundraising stories that stir your donors' hearts

    How to conduct interviews that get you the fundraising stories that stir your donors' hearts

    We all know how important it is to tell great stories in fundraising. Those stories almost never drop out of the sky! We have to go and get them.
    In this quick discussion, you'll get some great interviewing tips, including:
    Know what you want to get what you want. Dealing with language barriers and working with translators. "Lead the witness." The "Columbo" technique. And more. Don't miss this opportunity to collect the best stories.
    Program #107
    Play: How to conduct interviews (right click or "save as" to save the file for later).
    Time: 8:28

    • 8 min
    Ultimate Fundraising Lesson

    Ultimate Fundraising Lesson

    The most important thing you can learn about fundraising -- the one thing that can make the difference between mediocrity and big-time success -- it's this: It's not about you. It's about your donor! It's so easy to talk about how great our organization is ... and to forget that donors don't give because you're awesome. They give because they are awesome. That's why successful fundraising is about donors, not about us.

    • 12 min

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