How to Write a Killer Thank You Letter
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Gail Perry
2d ago
Here’s an important question: Did your last thank you note to a donor make your donor feel: JOYFUL to know their recent gift made a difference? ASSURED the gift they made was a wise investment? PROUD to be supporting such a worthwhile organization? Remember, a thank you note isn’t just a show of manners. It’s your first step toward retaining this donor for the long run. That’s why feelings are important. How would you rate your organization's thank you letters to donors? Are they warm and gracious? Or do they sound grand and lofty, like someone giving a speech? We expect your thank you's can u ..read more
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Donor Readiness: The Secret of All Successful Capital Campaigns
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Jenn Shefcik
2w ago
Written by Chuck Davis, Senior Consultant at The Gail Perry Group. All successful capital campaigns have one basic thing in common:  They have donors of means who are willing to invest in the campaign.    Campaigns of every size will rise (or fall) based on the right number of lovely people with a passion for your cause and a pocketbook to support it.    How can we ensure that this basic factor is in place? Donor Readiness is a Factor Many People Overlook.  We’ve all been there.  There’s that humbling moment when you review your Campaign Gift Table ..read more
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The Secret to Building Momentum for Your Capital Campaign
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Jenn Shefcik
3w ago
https://youtu.be/BPTiVupqdWI Here is a question we frequently get from our campaign clients - especially their board members.  “How do you create momentum for our campaign?” Why is this a pain point?  It's because no one wants their campaign to take a long, exhausting time to achieve the goal. Or, even worse, a campaign that never really takes off and then ultimately fails.   It is enough to keep everyone up at night. If you lose the magic ingredient of momentum, you literally may not be able to complete your important campaign to expand your organization’s mission. Co ..read more
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Big Capital Campaign Asks: How to Reduce “Surprises” and Prepare Your Donor
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Jenn Shefcik
1M ago
“How do I know our campaign’s lead prospect is ready to be asked?” As capital campaign consultants, we frequently get that question from our clients.  Why is this a pain point for so many development teams? A lot is on the line—a lead gift is hanging in the balance. Success hinges on the donor saying yes. What is the best way to prepare for a big “ask” in a capital campaign? How do you reduce the uncertainty and ensure your donor is ready to consider your “ask.” It is key to lay careful groundwork with your prospects and do your homework. You should know three things before making the “b ..read more
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AFP ICON Conference 2024: Tips from the Pros
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Jenn Shefcik
1M ago
The post AFP ICON Conference 2024: Tips from the Pros appeared first on Gail Perry Group ..read more
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From Bored to Blazing: Get Your Board Reconnected, Reengaged & Enthusiastic
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Gail Perry
1M ago
This happens to too many boards - they lose their enthusiasm and zip. It's sad to see in board members who have their energy to create change and make a difference in the world. Every board needs board training! However, staff and board leaders can certainly change this situation using these 7 steps. What's more, you'll create happier board members as a result. Here is our recipe for creating change, renewing enthusiasm and firing up these wonderful volunteers who care so much about your cause. But staff and board leaders also have to assume some responsibility. Whether you are a staff member ..read more
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How to Run a Better a Board Meeting – and Liven Up Your Board
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Gail Perry
1M ago
Board meetings are more important than you and your team may realize. When you think about it, the board meetings are your board members’ principal point of contact with your organization. So, you want the meetings to be great experiences for your board members. Are the meetings boring? Then you'll probably have a bored, disengaged board. It’s time to liven things up. Use these 11 ideas to create a meeting that is truly worth attending - and worth your board members' valuable time. Take a deeper look: can you create a meeting that will engage your board members’ enthusiasm and deepen their co ..read more
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How to Run a Better a Board Meeting – and Liven Up Your Board
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Gail Perry
1M ago
Board meetings are wildly important because they are your board members’ principal point of contact with your organization. You want the meetings to be great experiences for your board members. Are the meetings boring? If so, it’s time to liven things up. Use these tips to create a meeting worth attending - one that will engage your board members’ enthusiasm and deepen their commitment! 1. Be creative with the agenda. Look for ways to tweak the meeting plan to evoke your board members' passion for your cause. Avoid a dry recital of figures, and instead humanize your discussions by giving the ..read more
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What’s the Board’s role in a Capital Campaign?
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Jenn Shefcik
2M ago
https://youtu.be/xmw9HkEkkC4 What’s the board’s role in a capital campaign? This is a question we are asked frequently by board members, nonprofit CEOs and fundraisers alike.  We see many nonprofit board members who are unsure and even a bit nervous about an upcoming capital campaign. Often they worry that they’ll be asked to go out and solicit gifts - with no training or preparation. Even more, nonprofit board members are often not quite sure of it all: the campaign strategy, the financial goal, and what they need to do to support the whole effort.  Today, we want to share a simple ..read more
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Why Won’t My Board Members Give Me Names?
Fired-Up Fundraising | Gail Perry Associates
by Jenn Shefcik
2M ago
The post Why Won’t My Board Members Give Me Names? appeared first on Gail Perry Group ..read more
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