The Intelligent Fundraiser® Resources to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder.
The Intelligent Fundraiser® Resources to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder.

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February 2, 2017 Content Papers
In fundraising, as in life, the only constant is change. Over the course of the past few years, we’ve experienced more change than we realize. Things that used to be commonplace have become irrelevant. Nonprofits...
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January 31, 2017 Webinars
According to fundraising researcher and expert Dr. Adrian Sargeant, a 10% improvement in your donor retention rate can equal 200% in donor lifetime value. Retention is a critical component of a healthy donor pipeline. So...
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January 12, 2017 Webinars
With Brexit, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the inauguration of a new President, among many other considerations, the current national and global climate has critical implications for what you can expect in your fundraising efforts...
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November 14, 2016 Content Papers
You have ambitious fundraising goals and rely on major donors to fund them. But challenges around identifying and engaging new major donors are plentiful. The tools and strategies we have utilized for decades are no...
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October 24, 2016 Webinars
Major donors play a critical role in funding your organization. But how do you find the people that are truly passionate about your cause and have the capacity to make a significant contribution to your...
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October 5, 2016 Infographics
Almost every nonprofit knows what it’s like to try to create a sustainable fundraisng program with limited resources. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day responsibilities that we often neglect taking a...
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Field Guide for 2017 Fundraising

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September 30, 2016 Webinars
A wise fundraiser once said “Finding new donors is like going fishing. You need to have bait and a good place to fish.” Everyone wants new donors, right? So how do you get them? Bottom...
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September 6, 2016 Webinars
It’s far more profitable to upgrade a current donor than to go out and acquire a new one. Upgrading is the single easiest way to increase your annual revenue. So what exactly does it look...
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August 11, 2016 Webinars
How do you create a year-end campaign that stands out from every other organization soliciting donors at the same time? That’s the question we’ve set out to help you answer in this webinar. We unpack...
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Content Papers

Overcoming the Major Donor Dilemma

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August 9, 2016 Infographics
December is hands down THE busiest time of the year for fundraisers. On average, 50% of nonprofits take in the bulk of their annual revenue between October and December. But with thousands of nonprofits vying...
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July 20, 2016 Content Papers
Your donor pipeline is the lifeblood of your organization. And while managing the day-to-day activities required to move donors through that pipeline is a challenge by itself, it’s important that you take time to step back,...
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July 12, 2016 Slides
Love em’ or Leave em’? The Delicate Art of Managing A Board Do you have dead weight board members? Ready to throw one (or more) overboard? Recruiting, leading and developing a leadership team made up...
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Upgrade Your Best Donors Today

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July 11, 2016 Webinars
Every organization wants to build stronger relationships with their donors. And while we may understand the principles behind the latest relationship fundraising research, learning how to develop strategies and apply them in our interactions with...
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June 24, 2016 Slides
“The Who, What, and How of Board Stewardship” was a presentation given by Rachel Muir on June 25, 2016.
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June 21, 2016 Infographics
Someone has decided to give to your organization. Whoop! Now you need them to know their gift matters. And not just know it, but feel it. When we sponsored groundbreaking research on relationship fundraising, we...
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Donor Acquisition Made Easy

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May 25, 2016 Content Papers
It’s an age old question … Which is better: a few major gifts, or many annual/general fund gifts? Here’s the hard truth: both! But the difference is more than simply understanding the differences in how...
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May 10, 2016 Slides, Workbooks
Major gift fundraising boosts the highest ROI.  What do the best major gift officers do differently?  Who are these top performers and what’s the secret to their success?  Get everything you need to build, prioritize...
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May 9, 2016 Webinars
Your organization has thousands of followers on social media. But how many of them are actually engaged with your cause, or even donate? What if you could turn your social media followers into flag-waving fundraising partners who’ll...
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Best Kept Secrets for Upgrading Your Donors

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May 5, 2016 Slides
Do you have board members who are “allergic” to fundraising? Ready to throw one (or more) overboard? Few things are more critical to your nonprofits health, success and sustainability than an effective board of Directors....
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April 26, 2016 Content Papers
It’s easy to forget what it feels like to be a donor. After years of working in fundraising, it can be hard to remember how it feels to send a gift, then sit around wondering...
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April 18, 2016 Content Papers
As the Executive Summary, Volume 4 helps you put insight into action by summarizing the findings from volumes 1-3 and recommending future directions that relationship fundraising could take going forward.
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April 18, 2016 Content Papers
In Volume 3, leading relationship fundraising practitioners from around the world describe current trends in relationship fundraising and outline some of key challenges they think it faces, and what the profession needs to do to...
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April 18, 2016 Content Papers
Volume 2 explores how fundraisers can utilize and adapt current and emerging theories in social psychology to build better relationships that help meet their donors’ needs.
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April 18, 2016 Content Papers
Relationship marketing has completely transformed the way businesses interact with consumers. Volume 1 explores why the concept matters for nonprofits by assessing whether this can be transferred to fundraising and under what circumstances.
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April 14, 2016 Webinars
The challenge: improve your donor relations strategy. Now, imagine if Walt Disney were the CEO of your nonprofit … What kind of treatment would your donors enjoy? How would he inspire your staff? What would...
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