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When were YOU most sincerely thanked for your nonprofit gift?

November 21st, 2016

By Joyce Penland, CFRE As we mark the fourth quarter of the year—typically the most charitable time of the year—we’re reminded that thanking is an essential element of the “giving circle” of cultivating, asking, and stewarding our donors.  We would argue that the “thanking” portion of the giving circle is the MOST important part of …Read More


The “Annual Day of Giving” concept: Is it working?

October 18th, 2016

By Marion Lee, CFRE Now that we have been through several cycles of annual giving days for nonprofits throughout the U.S., we want to take a closer look at the impact of these special drives and examine whether they are here to stay. As savvy development officers know, the purpose of such community-wide giving challenges …Read More


Putting a new spin on your special event

September 20th, 2016

By Karen Kegg Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing–its gala season in Texas! Fall is the time when charity supporters and party goers get back together after a long, hot summer to celebrate life and support their favorite causes. It’s always the best time of year, in my opinion! …Read More


Why your cover letter opens the door

August 16th, 2016

By Joyce Penland, CFRE Conducting job searches on behalf of our nonprofit clients is one of the hallmarks of our work at Bacon Lee & Associates. In our 16-year history, we’ve literally read thousands of cover letters and résumés of fundraisers seeking new positions. Crafting a winning cover letter can make the critical difference in …Read More


Fundraiser asks donor to give, you won’t believe what happens next

July 19th, 2016

By Priscilla Guajardo Cortez, J.D., M.Ed. Imagine this scenario: Fundraiser asks donor to make a major gift. The donor agrees and makes a significant donation. The organization and donor live happily ever after. Does this really happen? Sure it does, but we know there is also more to the story. Like me, you have likely …Read More


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