Meet Your Super Productive Fundraising Team Member!

July 15, 2021 3 PM

Even before COVID-19 donor engagement was changing as donors and prospects expected more...

Are You Ready to Become a Change Agent?

June 1, 2021 6 PM

Here's the thing we all know: our realities move too fast. Our organizations are ever changing...

Is Fundraising Something That Happens Over There?

June 1, 2021 12 AM

So, tell me, what is that you do in your department? That phrase, spoken with a bit (or a lot)...

How many millionaires are in your database?

May 7, 2021 9 PM

How many millionaires are in your database who love your mission? Nonprofits are accustomed to...

Thoughtful Stewardship Ensures a Memorable Moment

March 15, 2021 4 PM

Have you ever sent a card or a gift and then waited patiently for the receiver of that card or...

Five Major Shifts in Fundraising Over the Last Five Years

February 9, 2021 5 PM

As Make Philanthropy Work celebrates our 5th year in business, we look back on the last five...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 10

January 22, 2021 2 PM

In session 10, Kelly Dunkin, President & CEO of Community First Foundation, returned for a...

What did Giving Tuesday and Colorado Gives Day teach us in a pandemic?

December 16, 2020 7 PM

Asking people to support your organization during a Pandemic might give you pause. That’s...

Ready, Set, Write! Get Organized & Prepared to Submit Grant Proposals

November 23, 2020 6 PM

Grant awards have the potential to catalyze your work’s impact. Whether your love grant writing...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 9

October 23, 2020 10 PM

In session 9, David Miller, CEO of the Barton Institute for Community Action, joined us to...

AI Fundraising Webinar with Conversica

October 22, 2020 11 PM

It's not what you think. Conversica's Intelligent Virtual Fundraising Assistant (IVA) isn't...

Micro Campaigns and Creating Your Fundraising Story

September 29, 2020 10 PM

Make Philanthropy Work recently hosted a webinar for Colorado League of Charter Schools' ...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 8

June 12, 2020 9 PM

In session 8, it was time to spread some hope with the Community First Foundation. Special guest...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 7

May 22, 2020 5 PM

In session 7, it was time to create a plan for the year of uncertainty ahead. Our special guest...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 6

May 8, 2020 4 PM

In session 6, we covered what to do about events. Special guests Gareth Heyman, Wizard of All...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 5

April 24, 2020 3 PM

In session 5 of this series, Special Guest Jennifer Darling, President & CEO, Children's...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 4

April 10, 2020 4 PM

In session 4 of our Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era webinar series, our Special Guest...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 3

April 10, 2020 3 PM

Shira Zimmerman, CEO and Co-Founder of ZIM Consulting, joined us for a deeper dive into how...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 2

April 3, 2020 10 PM

Our special guest for our second installment of our Fundraising During Coronavirus series was...

Fundraising During the Coronavirus Era Webinar 1

March 27, 2020 9 PM

At the start of the pandemic, Matt Wasserman and Kaye Taavialma are joined by Patrick Gaines,...

When there's a storm, stay in contact with your donors

March 12, 2020 3 PM

John talks about two important lessons he learned in times of crisis and gives a bit of...

How to Get More Meetings with Donors

January 23, 2020 4 PM

Matt and John take you through the dos and don'ts of securing those critical meetings with...

Make Philanthropy Work's Recommendations For The New Normal: Trends in Ultra High Net Worth Giving 2019

December 18, 2019 5 PM

We take a look at the top 3 trends in giving in 2019.

Don't give in to the dark side of fundraising...

December 12, 2019 6 PM

Here’s one fundraising takeaway I’d love to share: do NOT go to the Dark Side of fundraising, go...

Why hiring a consultant helped me succeed and keep my sanity

November 14, 2019 4 PM

When I started in my new role as a Development Director for a local Denver non-profit I was...

How we Solve the Fundraising Mystery

September 30, 2019 1 PM

When someone asks how I help nonprofits in fundraising, I typically leave it at a very surface...

10 Steps to Better Donor Engagement

August 28, 2019 4 AM

We have spent years analyzing data, connecting with donors, building relationships, and have...

After 25 Years and Thousands of Donor Visits, Here are the Realities I've Learned

June 27, 2019 2 PM

I’ve fundraised for almost every size and age of institution and nonprofit.  I've personally...

7 Biggest Major Gift Fundraising Mistakes

May 29, 2019 9 PM

Mistakes, we all make them, heck I make several a day. And, we are especially susceptible to...

How to Hire a Hell of a Fundraiser

April 23, 2019 11 PM

Still with me? Good, because there are plenty of people out there who would make a great...

Time to Renovate Your Fundraising - Here’s How

January 31, 2019 2 PM

How to upgrade major gift fundraising? I often use a house analogy.  It works because both...

How to Focus Your Efforts on the Most Likely Major Gift Donors

September 16, 2018 4 PM

We are going to get technical for this article. Are you ready!?!

Your Donors Feel'n like Transactions? 8 Signs and Solutions

August 21, 2018 4 PM

There’s nothing wrong with a transaction. When I buy gas, I don’t need to develop a deep bond...

Nonprofit Fundraising Winter is Coming... It's Time to Start Preparing

June 28, 2018 7 PM

Development professionals, nonprofit leaders, volunteers and board members, winter is...

Time is NOT on your Side in Fundraising

May 30, 2018 3 AM

Everyone knows staying in contact with your donors is a good thing. But if you're an executive...

Fundraising Truth: I've Never Talked Anyone into a Major Gift

April 30, 2018 12 PM

It’s a strange misconception, though understandable I guess, that good fundraisers merely charm...

The Millionaire (next door) Major Gift Strategy

March 28, 2018 11 PM

Anyone entering a profession needs a go-to book to ground them.  Entering the world of...

5 Ways to Know If You Have a Legacy Fundraising Operation

March 27, 2018 11 PM

In the movie, No Country for Old Men, Tommy Lee Jones Character, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, laments to...

Look in Your Own Fundraising Yard for Gifts

February 28, 2018 1 AM

Stop looking at your neighbor’s lawn. Just too many nonprofits think the grass is greener with...

Yes, YOU can get Major Gifts

January 22, 2018 1 PM

Why do most nonprofits raise fewer major gifts (relative to size, mission, etc.) than hospitals...

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Unmasking the Fundraising Process

October 23, 2017 4 AM

As a development leader, one of your roles is to help your colleagues understand that your work...

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: 5 Ways to Build Your Fundraising Village

October 23, 2017 3 AM

Bringing everyone together and creating a fundraising village will take work, but the increased...

Culture of Philanthropy: 5 Steps in Demonstrating Donor Engagement

October 21, 2017 5 AM

I recently wrote about five steps in building a culture of philanthropy and breaking down silos...

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Demonstrating Why Donors Give

October 21, 2017 5 AM

A few weeks ago I wrote on five steps to jump on the path to breaking down silos and creating...

Culture of Philanthropy: 6 Steps to Demonstrate the Impact of Philanthropy

October 21, 2017 4 AM

A few weeks ago, I wrote about challenges facing development departments when an organization...

Does your organization think fundraising is something that happens over there…?

October 21, 2017 4 AM

So, tell me, what is that you do in your department? That phrase, spoken with a bit (or a lot)...