Strategic Miracles: A Blog

Corporate & Business Sponsors Love Facts!

Competition for the limited sponsorship dollars is heated! Take time to create a solid valuation worksheet (Click here for a free sample!) and you’ll have a competitive edge when seeking corporate and business sponsor dollars! Don’t misunderstand! Data in no … read more

Three Anchors You’ll Need Soon!

Good news: It’s a great time to be a fundraiser or a philanthropist or both, for that matter! But the highs can’t last forever, right? Today, I’ve provided three steadying truths to anchor your fundraising focus regardless of market corrections, … read more

What’s Working for Other Fundraisers?

Strategies Your Peers Are Using Now For the past 15 months, I’ve worked with numerous non-profit boards and staff to increase support and strengthen their mission! From these passionate and creative people, I want to share with you what’s working … read more

Avoid the Endless Campaign Saga

Endless Campaigns & Engines Is Your Campaign Doable, Fundable, and Finishable? Imagine fundraising for 20 years for the same unfinished project! That’s exactly the case with a vintage locomotive steam engine my husband and I saw recently during a tour … read more

Grow Gifts by Spiffing Up What You Already Have!

Sponsors Love These Tips! Increase Revenue by Spiffing Up What You Already Have   For most of my life, Dad made a living by driving his ton truck to the Salvation Army in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he and the men … read more

3 Ways to Determine What Really Works

Continuous Improvement in Fundraising Have you ever used Lysol as an astringent? Poured a cap full into your bathwater? Diluted a little of the dark, amber liquid to clean a scrape? My last memory of using Lysol on myself was … read more

You Won’t Believe What I Learned Over Breakfast!

Over breakfast recently with my husband’s oldest daughter, a graduate of The Citadel (MBA) and University of South Carolina (public relations), I learned that a process I’ve randomly used for years to find new donors actually has a name and … read more

What to Do When Your Fundraiser Quits

Because of the high level of turnover in fundraising, you’ll either find yourself in a new position or hiring a new employee. Today, I will share four ways to reduce the impact of turnover on non-profit fundraising, but, first, I … read more

Board Members Value Written Expectations

“Thank you for letting me know what you expect,” our nominee said after reviewing the two-page document highlighting our history, mission and board member expectations. “So often,” he said, “I’m invited to be on boards, but no one tells me … read more

Tips to Grow Business & Corporate Sponsorships

Not long after I left teaching and began fundraising, I visited my sister. She said, “Oh, so you’re in sales now.” For months, we argued about this, in a friendly way, of course. But, today, I mostly agree with her, … read more