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
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.
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 cl
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 Click the link to play: A Benediction for Fundraisers, or right click and "save as" to save the file for later. Time: 3:24
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 an
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
Ultimate Fundraising Lesson
Find out the most important thing you can learn about fundraising -- the one thing that can make the difference between mediocrity and big-time success.