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Year-end development priorities

We know that many of our donors will make their gifts between now and the end of the year. What… Read more

Assessing campaign readiness

My organization is considering a fundraising campaign. How do we know if we’re ready? A successful campaign offers a number… Read more

Creating a campaign budget

What are some “best practices” for building an adequate, accurate campaign budget? When creating a campaign budget, we first stress… Read more

Mentoring for development professionals

Why should my organization consider getting outside help to mentor a new development officer? For persons new to development, a… Read more

Uncertain economic times

How should my organization and I relate with our major donors during uncertain economic times? The key word in this… Read more

Visioning vs. strategic planning

What is the difference between visioning and strategic planning? Visioning, while a critical first step, is only a part of… Read more

Board role in advancement

What is the board’s role in advancement? Board members carry an important role in organizational advancement efforts. In an ongoing… Read more

Professional development opportunities

What professional development opportunities do you suggest for fundraising officers? The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at… Read more

Budgeting for professional counsel

How can I justify hiring a consultant when money is tight? We prefer to think of hiring a consultant as… Read more