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.

The Season for Thanks - a note from our CEO

As the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to drop, I always try to take some time off from the constant stream of news and information that is constantly coming at me, and spend some time reflecting on the things that I'm truly thankful for. Sometimes, especially given the current state of affairs this season, this can feel a lot like... exercise. What if I miss something? What if everything changes when I'm not paying attention? What if, what if, what if?

Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), this has never actually happened. Indeed, the world always continues to spin, news always continues to happen, and nothing major seems to change overnight. Apparently, my inattention to the news has zero effect on the bigger picture, what a relief! With that in mind, I chose to dedicate my mental energy in November and December to gratitude. The first week was mostly a detox; it is surprisingly difficult to avoid clicking those juicy headlines, or opening my News app for a quick update! After the first week, things began to normalize and I could focus more on my actual intention of feeling grateful. I decided to make a list of a few the things that I'm most thankful for to share with the world (the FundRaiser blog reading world, that is). Without further ado, here's a very partial list in no particular order of the things I am grateful for every single day.

Continue reading
1052 Hits

Spice Up Your Thank You Notes With What Interests You


Dear Kim:You are often quoted as saying things like, “Thank before you bank,” and “The thank you note is the most important element in a donor relationship” and other pro-thank you note statements.  But how do you make a thank you note interesting?  And do donors really read them?  And what if I think the gift the donor gave isn’t really what they could afford so I am not that thankful? ~Dubious Dear Dubious:.

Your letter poses several questions, and I will quickly dispatch the last one first.  You need to change up your attitude toward the gifts that are given to your organization.  Any gift is more than nothing, and donors are making all kinds of choices.  You really don’t know what people can afford and you need to thankful they thought of you.

Continue reading
1089 Hits
Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
donor prospects donor attrition rate membership programs office banquet Donor Portal technical support welcome packet donor retention brick campaign motivation overview moves management SYBUNTS major gift prospects thank you letters donor profile memorial giving FundRaiser Hosted #GivingTuesday targeted mailings operational costs community supported gardens monthly giving mailing spreadsheets communications passwords user interface motivation code correspondence increasing giving amounts upgrading donors personalizing letters spare fields donor retention rate updates Congratulations Network for Good new leadership donor advised funds donor attrition donor relations Importing Data holiday community arts nonprofits Codes look and feel holiday letters gift acceptance policy Reporting to IRS backing up data merge fields data analysis small donations customer portal training Excel tech tip Reminders Company culture PayPal relationship tracking donor preferences Tickles social media NCOA processing corporate sponsors National Change of Address tax summary letters texting donors nonprofit fundraising donor targeting donor slip training tip customer service online donations how to handle auction gifts password protection grants role of nonprofits happiness how-to videos features budget ticketsales grassroots campaign the Ask phoning donors donation history email community broadcasting Snow Birds user spotlights ROI animal rescue salutation security Thank You In-Kind gifts large donations endowment campaign Personalizing Task List donor recognition annual maintenance plan segmenting donors donor pictures data entry board members in honor of donations LYBUNTS Constant Contact fundraising Volunteer module pledges case study adding personal notes to letters anonymous donors understanding giving trends campaign management giving history Crowdfunding Campaign flash sales event management campaign appeal on site training vacation direct mail alumni building donor relationships transparency annual campaign major donors New Year letter fundraising letters Resiliency data conversion advanced tab merge notes donor engagement reports premiums volunteering giving levels letter templates membership benefits Alternative Addresses capital campaign Groupings arts auction charity golf tournaments donor source upgrade add ons publicity materials Cloud membersip benefits follow up accounting software solicitors gift notes field announcements development director donor contact information repeat donors new donors Thanksgiving support correspondance mission driven FundRaiser Spark custom page change of address updating End of Year Letters lapsed donor disaster relief ticket sales appeal letters tribute gifts importing csv planned giving gift entry legacy giving prospects holiday giving raffle government grants operating systems general entering auction gifts mode code GivingTuesday online donations new nonprofit word processor FundRaiser Basic Facebook campaign GoFundMe project Facebook planning recurring gifts product news new features foundations volunteers donor loyalty new version

Connect With Us

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

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:

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