Grassroots Fundraising Can Be Personal

Many organizations see grassroots fundraising as scattershot fundraising, where you want to hit as many targets as possible, without too much time spent on perfecting your aim. It’s often used when seeking small donations from unknown, uncultivated donors.

In Community Health Funding Report, Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Grassroots Fundraising Institute Training (GIFT) fundraising director, says grassroots fundraising is more than asking for money. “It can be thought of as giving people a chance to make a difference in something they personally care about, “

Dahlstrom urges fundraisers to build an ongoing relationship based on mutual concerns rather than focusing on obtaining …read more

Co-Creating Community

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As a newcomer to Charm City, it’s managed to quickly capture my heart with its quirky neighborhoods and rich history. Being a transplant from the Midwest, Baltimore’s industrial past has easily made me feel at home. Like other metropolitan areas, Baltimore has been struggling during the economic crisis of the past few years and is turning to development to raise its profile. This neighborhood reinvestment is especially needed here as Baltimore City’s population has been declining since the 50’s. A loss of almost 35% of city residents has left Baltimore with numerous vacant homes and near-abandoned blocks.

Reinvestment to the …read more

Spring Fundraising Cleaning: Get the Dust Bunnies out of your Database

Spring has finally come and it’s time to throw open the windows, clean out the closet and sweep under the bed. If you haven’t cleaned up entries in your nonprofit database in a while, it’s probably a good time to do that now.

A robust database with correct names and addresses and accurate giving information is essential for effective fundraising.

Are your aware that approximately 15 percent of people move households every year and 70 percent of business contact data is out of date within one year? Ideally, your database should be thoroughly updated and scrubbed annually, but at minimum …read more