Producing Proposals that Work!

Major donors are constantly flooded with funding proposals. What makes one proposal stand out above the rest? Campaign Consultation, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, designed “Producing Proposals That Work!” to help users identify key points to be addressed in their donor proposals. This interactive tool provides process assistance, brainstorming tips, and helpful statistics–all from the point of view of a prospective funding source. Users learn how to make their proposals stay at the top of the pile. …Learn More

Building Your Case for Support

In today’s world of information saturation, a concise message can be the most profound form of communication with the public. Campaign Consultation, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, developed Building Your Case For Support, an interactive online tool that helps users craft a thought-provoking case for support. Whether an organization is starting with a clean slate or revising an existing communications strategy, this guide offers methods for developing a motivational message to potential donors of time, funding, and support. …Learn More

SIF Sustainability Tools

Through the Social Innovation Fund, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) partners with experienced grantmakers to identify and scale effective community-driven solutions. In order to help grantees explore the challenges and opportunities associated with growing and sustaining successful solutions Campaign Consultation developed tips and tools to guide SIF grantees in the following areas:

  • Crafting Your Case for Support
  • The “Five I’s” of Development
  • The Six Principles of Powerful Presentations
  • Partnerships & Collaboration Success Factors
  • Tips for Cultivating Stakeholders into Champions
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On the Go eTA

Great ideas for sustainability initiatives come from many different places. An email may provide the perfect inspiration for reaching potential volunteers, donors, and collaborators. Campaign Consultation, in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service, created “On-The-Go! eTA,” an electronic newsletter offering sustainability tips and tricks. Each edition was sent directly to users’ inboxes and aimed to stimulate ideas surrounding communication, fundraising, and volunteer management, providing examples and resources for further investigation. …Learn More

Ask Women to Give in a Big Way

Historically, fundraisers have neglected women when it comes time to ask for major gifts. They are often lulled into accepting the stereotypes of women that they lack capacity, control and knowledge of money.  To quote Julia Roberts’ character in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, “Big mistake.  Big, big mistake.”

According to the analysis of data from a 2007 Center on Philanthropy study. Women gave more often than men and spread out their giving to different charities, and they also give more in total dollars.

Some organizations are catching on to the power of women as donors.  For 20 years, World Vision has had a female-only donor group called Women of Vision. In the 2010 fiscal year, about 3,000 members of the group donated a total of $7 million to World Vision, with an average gift of $2,000.  The American Red Cross also has targeted women for bigger gifts throughout its history, but added a donor group just for women in 2005.

There is a large amount of research that examines the differences in women’s behavior, thought processes and decision making.  Studies indicate, for instance, that women are relationship oriented, whereas men tend to be action oriented. Women readily understand …Learn More

Heart and Head Giving – Keeping Your Donors in Hard Times

We’ve all been there! Just as our annual appeal was about to begin. another natural disaster has taken the spotlight How can we argue? The devastation and human need are overwhelming. Once again, as has happened after hurricanes and tsunamis and earthquakes all over the world, Americans—individuals, corporations and foundations alike — have opened their hearts and their wallets. It seems that our domestic non-profits, tirelessly meeting chronic (but less dramatic) needs can’t humanely do more than suffer in silence.

I just caught up with a great article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about this topic. Here’s a quote to ponder:

“ ‘From a strictly rational perspective, we ought to apply all the resolve given to helping in natural disasters to inner-city problems, to rural poverty, to broken educational systems, to lack of health insurance, and so on,’ notes Stephen G. Post, a bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. Instead, ‘much of the public has a kind of crisis mentality, giving only when they can see that affected populations are in severe, life-threatening emergencies,’ laments Ellen Seidensticker, special adviser to Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America.”

Now here’s the incredible part! You know those appeal …Learn More

Social Media, Fundraising and You

During the coverage of the Haiti earthquakes, we all received multiple invitations to text our donations for Red Cross Haiti relief efforts. The invitation to text donations was everywhere; we saw it on TV, we received e-mails and Tweets with the instructions. Our electronic networks were all sending the same message: this is how to get money to Haiti fast! Out of the 200 million dollars raised for relief so far, 31 million dollars were raised via texting. (These figures provided by Wendy Harmon, in a Chronicle of Philanthropy podcast on 2/10/10). To hear the podcast, go to:

Certainly, the immediacy and magnitude of the destruction in Haiti led to an outpouring of generosity that would be difficult for most nonprofits to tap. There are also set-up costs for such fundraising campaigns that limit their usefulness to small organizations, but there are some implications for nonprofits that aren’t big, national players as well. For a great summary of what social media is and is not currently doing for philanthropic causes, go to:

This is a really good article by one of the founders of Zoetica, Geoff Livingson, that can give nonprofits lots to think about concerning ways to …Learn More

Fundraising in China

My name is Linda Brown Rivelis. I’m the President at Campaign Consultation, Inc.

I am pleased, upon the invitation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and in cooperation with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, to join a delegation of fundraising professionals in China from December 11th – 22nd.

Sponsored by President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People to People International, I’ll be presenting, exchanging information and exploring ideas related to volunteerism and philanthropy in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Just before I join up with the delegation, I’ll be in Taipei where I’ve been asked to deliver a fundraising presentation to faculty and students at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU).

I think that China hosting this fundraising delegation in the same year of the earthquake tragedy where an unprecedented number of Chinese citizens volunteered and “opened their wallets” to survivors is most timely.

Stay tuned to information snippets and tactile points of what I find interesting during this learning adventure.

Best year-end wishes too!

Linda …Learn More

Fundraising in Minority Communities

Cynthia Henderson and I facilitated a conversation with about 40 participants on 9/24/07 regarding raising funds within diverse communities.  Participants appreciated a safe environment in which all questions were accepted and responded to with respect … it went very well.  The workbook is circulating now … please provide any feedback regarding how this 70 minute workshop could be expanded to 3 hours and be used as Institute material in our next reiteration.

Linda …Learn More