FundRaiser Blog

The FundRaiser Software Blog is an excellent resource for nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about fundraising, donor management, membership management, and much more.

Nine basic truths of fund-raising

Nine basic truths of fund-raising

 

The nine basic truths of fund-raising listed below are taken from the introduction to my book It’s a Great Day to Fund-Raise, and they are the foundation of my successful career as a development officer for and consultant to nonprofit organizations.

  1. Organizations are not entitled to support; they must earn it.
  2. Successful fund-raising is not magic; it is simply hard work on the part of people who are thoroughly prepared.
  3. Fund-raising is not raising money; it is raising friends.
  4. You do not raise money by begging for it; you raise it by selling people on your organization.
  5. People do not just reach for their checkbooks and give money to an organization; they have to be asked to give.
  6. You do not wait for the “right” moment to ask; you ask now.
  7. Successful fund-raising officers do not ask for money; they get others to ask for it.
  8. You don’t decide today to raise money and then ask for it tomorrow; it takes time, patience, and planning to raise money.
  9. Prospects and donors are not cash crops waiting to be harvested; treat them as you would customers in a business.

Learn more about how FundRaiser can help you acheive your fundraising goals

Explore the core features of FundRaiser

 
Short Take: I need a list of names and addresses f...
Short Take: New Features in the New Version of Fun...

Related Posts

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
annual campaign community broadcasting solicitors Company culture fundraising office Snow Birds giving levels Volunteer module Crowdfunding Campaign data conversion development director capital campaign lapsed donor donor loyalty moves management Donor Portal add ons raffle donor recognition new leadership major donors appeal letters the Ask End of Year Letters donor attrition rate memorial giving budget #GivingTuesday Groupings password protection donor attrition online donations gift entry motivation code donor retention rate operational costs Facebook campaign general mode code support alumni nonprofit fundraising updates monthly giving GoFundMe project mission driven in honor of donations customer service major gift prospects role of nonprofits overview correspondence building donor relationships ticketsales backing up data charity golf tournaments importing csv spare fields word processor phoning donors merge fields data analysis data entry how-to videos recurring gifts Codes arts accounting software foundations welcome packet upgrade change of address updating thank you letters donor slip PayPal advanced tab Resiliency corporate sponsors understanding giving trends Congratulations tech tip ticket sales tax summary letters communications grants flash sales grassroots campaign disaster relief security training tip operating systems community arts nonprofits fundraising letters relationship tracking Reporting to IRS reports ROI Alternative Addresses features FundRaiser Spark small donations look and feel happiness publicity materials on site training membership programs spreadsheets product news donation history donor Facebook government grants customer portal annual maintenance plan motivation volunteering LYBUNTS event management follow up banquet campaign management user spotlights animal rescue community supported gardens tribute gifts GivingTuesday In-Kind gifts case study upgrading donors endowment campaign Excel membership benefits volunteers NCOA processing training custom page National Change of Address board members donor contact information premiums targeted mailings social media pledges segmenting donors announcements Thank You increasing giving amounts membersip benefits online donations

Connect With Us

  800-880-3454 ext 3
  Email Us
  Request More Information
  Monday-Friday
      8:30AM-5:30PM CST

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:
Password:

If you are not sure about your Customer User Name, please call 800-543-4131 and we will be able to help you.

Or you have lost your password, Request Password