Category Archives: Fundraising Strategies

What is Crowdrise Fundraising?

  Crowdrise is an easy way to raise money online for charity and have fun while doing it (reflected in the slogan, “If you don’t give back, no one will like you.”).  Based on the idea that lots of small donations can really add up, Crowdrise was named a “Top 25 Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s. …

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Client Spotlight: Girls on the Run of Hamilton County

Transform Consulting Group is thrilled to be working with Girls on the Run of Hamilton County to provide strategic planning guidance, board development and fund development. Girls on the Run of Hamilton County is one of twelve organizations across the state chosen to receive a Capacity Building Coaching grant from the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI).…

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How to Get Your Board Involved in Fundraising

  Board members are a crucial part of nonprofit fundraising. They are an extension of the organization in the community and their circle of influence. However, it can sometimes be difficult to engage Board members. Asking for money doesn’t come naturally to most people, and many board members are afraid to ask, don’t know enough…

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What is your Fund Development Budget Goal?

  In this series on fund development, we began by discussing how your organization can have a diversified revenue portfolio. We have discussed having different sources of revenue coming multiple “buckets” and strategies to leverage each of those funding opportunities. Today, we are focusing on your fund development goal and plan. Annually, nonprofit organizations establish…

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Does Your Organization Have a Diversified Revenue Portfolio?

The recession had a horrendous impact on charitable giving to nonprofits. Some went out of business entirely, while others have yet to fully recover. The drop in giving from 2008 to 2009 was the largest in more than 40 years, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. While an economic crisis…

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21st Century Fundraising: Using Integrated Campaigns

Last month, Transform Consulting Group blogged about the reasons snail mail is still a relevant fundraising channel. However, fundraisers can no longer afford to have separate approaches to their direct-mail and online appeals and are turning instead to integrated fundraising. Integrated fundraising extends beyond having a consistent brand and message across channels (although that is…

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Three Reasons for Sending a Snail Mail Newsletter

When it comes to business newsletters there seems to be a great debate, “Which is better an e-newsletter or a print newsletter?” The answer can depend on the results you are wanting to accomplish. Non-profit organizations often send out fundraising requests in the form of emails and newsletters. It makes sense that this medium of…

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New Indiana State Office for Federal Funding Opportunities

  Transform Consulting Group knows how to help organizations access state and federal funds, and we are always looking for new resources to share with clients. Recently, Governor Pence announced the revamping of the Office of Federal Grants and Procurement into the Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI) to oversee all new federal funding priorities. Among…

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Grant Seeking

Alan Silver’s book, How to Win Grants: 101 Winning Strategies, lists seven deadly sins of grant seeking. Has your organization committed any of these sins? 1. Don’t ask for money from people who will never give it to you;  Do ask potential investors who believe in your mission and are passionate about your cause.  2. …

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