Happy New Year! (and my top 10 posts from 2012)

Happy New Year! Just a few hours until 2013 and I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on 2012. As part of that reflection, here’s a review of my top 10 blog posts (by page visits) from 2012.

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

  1. What Can You Do to Raise Awareness for Your Nonprofit? Do you get frustrated that people in your community just don’t ‘get it?’ People won’t give if they don’t know that there’s a need. And they won’t know that there’s a need unless we tell them. Here are four things to think about as you choose where to focus your awareness efforts.
  2. 5 Reasons Nonprofit Boards Stall – and What You Can Do About It. Have you ever sat down at a board meeting and realized that no one was excited to be there? Maybe there’s something that simply got sidetracked somewhere along the way that you can do something to remedy. Here are five reason boards stall with a suggestion (or two) for each.
  3. Closed for Business: Mission Accomplished. What if you could ensure that everyone in your community had a roof over their head? What if you could post a sign that said “Closed for Business: Mission Accomplished?” There are three things that help to enable this type of dramatic shift.
  4. Where Are You Building Your House (or why your list is so important)? There is an ancient story about a man who build is house on a base of sand. There was another man who built his house on a base made of rock. His house stood firm, while the first one washed away. What kind of base is your fundraising program built on? ‘The list’ is key.
  5. Stuck in the Muck? Three Ideas to Help You Step Out. I’m sure you’ve never felt like this before. Waist deep in muck with no idea how to get out. Feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, and grief all at the same time. I think you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you find yourself in this spot now, I’d like to offer a little help – and a little hope.
  6. Engaging Volunteers in Your Organization. As part of our ‘Leadership Orlando’ experience, we were to put together a service project of some sort. Based in part on that experience, here are some of the steps I now recommend that organizations take as they are preparing to involve people in their fundraising programs.
  7. Holograms and Closing Ratios (or Are You Talking to Enough People?) I worked my way through college as a bookkeeper / office manager for small businesses. One of them had three locations. The owners realized that they needed to have several locations to both be in front of more and as a result have more people buying.
  8. Avoid Getting Sidetracked: Educating While Planning. If you engage others in the process of developing a well thought out plan, it can serve as an educational process for your board and other staff members. Here are some tips of things to have in mind if you take advantage of treating planning this way.
  9. 8 Steps to a Successful Major Gifts Program. Mega gifts do not typically happen overnight. It is a culmination of months, if not years, of planning, visiting, calling, and yes, lots of effort. Here are 8 steps to help you get started.
  10. To check bags, or not to check bags? (or assumptions people are making about you) We were headed out on a trip and both heard the same information – we would have multiple legs on our flight. It turns out that our flying experiences have been very different.

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