November 22, 2022
8 easy things to do raise more money for year-end
by Claire Axelrad, contributor, NonProfitPro

The biggest fundraising time of the year for most nonprofits is here. You’ve no doubt been working on the big things for year-end. Yet often it’s the little things that count and pack a surprising wallop. Here are eight simple efforts that could help your nonprofit raise more money before Dec. 31.

1. Send a thank-you. If it’s been a while since you thanked donors for the impact of their giving, take time to do so now — before you send your next appeal. This puts people in a grateful and giving mood. Essentially, it persuades folks to say “yes” when you ask. Because you’ve done them the small favor of acknowledging them and reporting back, they’re inclined to reciprocate.

They’ll also like you more because you’ve thought about them. When we like people, we tend to be more generous with them. The one small act of a thank-you letter encompasses three of Robert Cialdini’s principles of influence.

2. Make your donate button stand out. In the moment people are feeling warm-hearted toward your cause, make sure your donate button is big, bold, and easy to find. This may seem obvious, but many nonprofits blow this opportunity to drive more philanthropic giving. You may think it’s unseemly to call too much attention to it. Well, it’s a lot more unseemly to let people who rely on you down because you failed to raise the money needed to fulfill your mission.

Location. Place your donate button at the top so it stands out. Ideally, in the upper right-hand corner. That’s where people will look, as that’s become the custom.
Color. Make your donate button a color that contrasts with your branding colors. Don’t make it so tasteful that it blends in with the woodwork.

Overcome these barriers to employee teamwork
by Tina Dalton, VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm

If you are having difficulty keeping your self-directed teams working smoothly, you can likely trace these obstacles back to a few root causes. These causes are intertwined, and stem from correctable management behaviors.

Teamwork struggles typically boil down to five root causes:

  • Employees don’t understand management’s motives.
  • Expectations are not clear.
  • Employees or managers are resisting change.
  • Management shows a lack of participation and/or appreciation.
  • Top management is not really committed to the concept or change.
  • (Source: “Why Teams Can Fail and What to Do About It” by Darcy Hitchcock.)

To overcome a lack of trust or misunderstandings, improve communication. Create a clear statement of why operating as self-directed teams is a benefit for them. Initiate open, honest discussion of employees’ worries about change. Make sure the “what’s in it for them” is clear. You can never over communicate a change and the benefits for the group/team.

To make expectations clear, specify what powers you want teams to assume. Education is essential. Empower your team! Give employees input, resources, and again, be available for clarifying questions. Develop a list of short and long-range team responsibilities and allow teams to choose which short-term responsibilities to work on first. Bring them along to be a part of the process. This will gain their trust and buy in much faster.

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