A Small Guide to Large Gifts: Major Donor Fundraising

April 7, 2009

by Buzz Harris, Executive Director, Development Resource Center

Minor office drama can illustrate fundamental truths about fundraising. You’ve lost your stapler. Again. If you email folks in the surrounding cubes, odds are good that several of them will offer a loaner.

Imagine, though, that you need help getting your cranky bulldog, Mr. Teeth, to the vet. Even emailing forty or fifty coworkers is unlikely to generate a volunteer. Email messages aren’t a powerful enough medium for such a request. But someone has to hold onto your dog. The headrests can’t take more gnawing. Read the rest of this entry »


Upcoming Seminars: Recession Rescue-Nonprofit Survival School

March 24, 2009

Nonprofits across the U.S. are suffering in the current recession.  The Development Resource Center has decided, as a public service, to offer a series of free monthly seminars via conference call to small- and medium-sized nonprofits that are feeling the pinch.  We will offer concrete advice on fundraising in a recession as well as management and fiscal policy counsel that we call “best practices for bad times.”

This seminar will be taught by Shava Nerad, former E.D. of the Tor Project, and Buzz Harris, E.D. of the DRC.  Registrants will receive information about the conference call via email.

Tuition: free of charge

Seminars will be held from 7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (EDT) on Apr. 22nd; May 5th & 26th; and June 11th, 18th, & 25th.  Check back over the next few weeks for additional future dates.

Click here to register.

Event Alert (MA/NH): “Getting A Grip On Grants”

March 11, 2009

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is hosting an event entitled Getting A Grip On Grants: How to Navigate Federal, State, and Private Grant Resources with a Focus on Collaboration and Regionalization in the Grants Process.

It will take place on Monday, March 16th, 2009 from 7:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. at the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus in the Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA, 01854.  Parking is available in the Ayotte Garage adjacent to the Tsongas Arena.

There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required.  Please visit http://www.tsongas.house.gov to register.

The Wayback Machine: The Nonprofit Clinic—Summer ’08 Edition

February 25, 2009

Successful Fundraising in Difficult Economic Times

by Buzz Harris, Executive Director, The Development Resource Center

~ Note: This article pre-dates our blog. We decided to share it here as it is still timely. ~

Fundraising during a recession is always challenging. Here is a multi-part strategy to ensure that your organization’s journey through recession is a smoother, more prosperous one. Bring your board and staff together separately to review and recommit themselves to the organization’s mission. Inform both groups, candidly and transparently, about your income and expenses and the reasonable expectations for fundraising. Faced with this challenge they may have valuable input and suggestions. Solicit their thoughts and support.

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