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I can't say it enough: Thank You.

As a nonprofit fundraiser, you're doing what few will do. And you're providing livelihood to families, meaning to donors, and change to the world.

Thank you. And Happy New (fiscal) Year!

http://fundraisingcoach.com/2015/07/01/fundraiser-thank-you-note/
As nonprofit fundraisers, we rarely get thanked. And that is fine. Our work is to showcase donors and our organization's mission and leaders. But today, Fundraising Coach Marc A. Pitman offers this "thank you note" for fundraisers.
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Could this be the real cause of so-called "Donor Fatigue"?

More importantly, are these two suggestions the best way to overcome it?
I believe donor fatigue is a myth. Jeff Brooks agrees but says there is a "fundraisers fatigue." Here are 2 ways to beat fundraiser fatigue...and learn to love fundraising again. Even if you don't enjoy it.
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Bored with your nonprofit story and brand? GOOD!
 
"Fundraising happens after you get bored" Tired of Your Nonprofit's Story? Good! - #funchat
Nonprofit leaders are far to quick to change their storytelling, branding, or logos simply because they get bored with it. But their donors are not.
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GivingUSA's most recent estimates are out. Last years charitable giving grew to highest level in sixty years!
 
The 2015 GivingUSA Foundation report is out! Charitable giving last year was highest in 60 years:
The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year's giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA's press release: Overall charitable giving in the [...]
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Summer time can be one of the hardest financial times for nonprofits.

I just wrote a piece over on LinkedIn that explores how those of us in  nonprofits unintentionally make it hard for our board members to fundraise. And what we can do about it.

The good news, the solution is fairly simple: we need to focus. Click the image below to read how I coached one client to focus the goals of the calls they wanted board members to make.

The post was inspired from a story I share in my new Fundraising 101 class for board members and "accidental fundraisers."
http://fundraisingcoach.com/university/courses/fundraising-101/
There are so many reasons why board members have a hard time with fundraising. I include myself in this. Despite being a fundraising coach, I still wrestle with fundraising as a board member. Some reasons for this struggle go deep, like the messages about money we picked up from our faith and family or origin. But fortunately there's one simple thing we can do to help board members be more effective at fundraising: FOCUS.In my course introducing ...
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14 Minutes a Day - Bible reading at the speed of life http://bit.ly/1Hu8ZQH
Life is so fast, entire days can go by without reading the Bible. 14 Minutes a Day is a simple way to get in the habit of daily Scripture reading...or recommit to the habit
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Yay! Our next Nonprofit Academy Members-only Coaching Call beings in 10 minutes! I love these!

Details at http://thenonprofitacademy.com/dashboard/
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So...what do you do if you think no one is opening your fundraising letter and seeing all the people (you hope) of influence listed on the masthead? Apparently, you put the list on the envelope!

I think it looks messy but kudos to them for testing. Is your nonprofit testing mailings this way?
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An app isn't going to fix heart motivation. But as a former pastor, I know how important it is to adapt to new technology. (Maybe like the Gutenburg Bible adapting to the new technology of the printing press?)

So this +TITHE.LY app looks like a HUGE help. I wish we had it when I pastored.
 
Ever wonder why giving to your church isn't what you'd like? Especially in the summer?

Sometimes it's as simple as the tools we use. This mobile giving app might be the answer: Tithe.ly
http://bit.ly/1KghLCF

It looks like you could have it set up in time for your service this weekend!
Check out Tithe.ly! It makes giving on your mobile phone super quick and easy.
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It may seem like "just a van," but your donation is really helping prevent 2 year old Yeref from becoming the next orphan in Addis Ababa's Kore' slum.

For years, Embracing Hope Ethiopia has successfully been
- helping women like Yeref's mother Tarik find jobs other than picking through Kore's trash heaps,
- giving these mothers peace of mind while they're at work by providing a safe daycare for kids like Yeref to grow and receive an education, and
- driving Yeref and Tarik and moms and kids like them back and forth to doctors appointments so they can get better medical care than they could in the slum.

All at the whims of private taxis and public transportation!

Yeref and Tarik already have enough instability in their lives. Would you make sure transportation isn't one?

Emily and I stand by Embracing Hope Ethiopia and have been proud donors every month since they started. Would you join us?

You can give Yeref and his mother the gift of safe, dependable transportation either by choosing "EHE Van" on the Embracing Hope Ethiopia's secure donation page:
https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift/gift.php?giftid=D860CB27-BE6A-4EE3-AB44-F066C0C97914

Or by giving on Embracing Hope Ethiopia's  van Crowdrise page:
https://www.crowdrise.com/BuyAVanforEHE/fundraiser/embracinghopeethiopi

Once you've done that, would you tell others about little Yeref and his mother Tarik? Maybe you'll inspire a youth group to raise additional support to help kids like Yeref. Or a neighbor to dedicate her yardsale to mothers like Tarik.

But please make your own gift first. Right now at:
https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift/gift.php?giftid=D860CB27-BE6A-4EE3-AB44-F066C0C97914

Thank you.

http://www.embracinghopeethiopia.com/blog-entries/help-us-buy-a-van-for-embracing-hope-ethiopia/



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Glad I didn't lose my phone...But is there a Where's My Moleskine app? #feelingslightlyanxious
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I'm glad for +NPR and +ProPublica's fair reporting on the Red Cross.

But I fear most of us will miss the implications for the nonprofits we lead as board members, staff, or consultants.

Could you comfortably answer Laura Sullivan's question to the Red Cross?
 
“Why can’t you tell us where you spent the money and what your expenses were? You obviously have that information. Why can’t the public see it?” – NPR’s Laura Sullivan to Red Cross’ David Meltzer Last night, I was shocked and spellbound to hear NPR devote…
It would be easy for nonprofit leaders to listen NPR and Pro Publica's report called "In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief" and feel smug and start throwing stones. But are you ready to answer the same questions? Because, guess what: your donors are already asking them! Here's how to move out of that glass house.
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An international fundraising trainer, Marc A. Pitman is the author of Ask Without Fear!® and founder of FundraisingCoach.com, a website dedicated to practical ideas for fundraising more effectively.

Marc’s experience also includes planting and pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, teaching internet marketing at Thomas College and co-creating 100 Donors in 90 Days.

He is the husband of his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you see him drive by, he’ll probably be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family.

Marc can be reached at marc@fundraisingcoach.com or at (800) 694-7430. You can sign up for his free bi-weekly email newsletter focused on nonprofit fundraising by visiting: http://fundraisingcoach.com/subscribe/

On Google+, he also has a FundraisingCoach.com page and an Ask Without Fear! page.

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Married to my best friend; Chosen one of Maine's "Forty under 40" for 2011; my articles are regularly in the top 10 most popular downloads from the AFP resource library; listed as one of top 10 nonprofit bloggers in world (no accounting for taste!) and one of "25 brilliant bloggers"
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  • Regent University
    MA Organizational Leadership, 2002
  • Gordon College
    BA History & Theology (double major), 1995
  • Milton Academy
    High School Diploma, 1991
  • St. Dominic's Regional High School
    1989
  • Gärdesskolan, Gislaved
    1987 - 1988
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