The hottest fundraising topics of 2018 – as voted by you!

Less than two weeks until the end of 2018 – can you believe it?!

I don’t know about you, but this year just flew past for me.

Before we turn that last page of the calendar (yes, I am that old school), I wanted to share the top five articles that got your attention in 2018.

But first, I wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to you for taking the time to read and share my posts.

I’ve had a blast writing all of them - and if they’ve made your life a little better, and your fundraising more successful, I consider my mission accomplished!

So, without further ado, here are the top five hottest Blue Sky Philanthropy reads of 2018:

1. Perfect is the enemy of good fundraising

Wow – there are a lot of Type A fundraisers out there judging by the big response to this one. But striving for perfection may be getting in the way of being a more effective fundraiser – so here are my favourite tips for getting over the perfectionist tendencies that may be holding you back.

2. 3 secrets to successful major donor meetings

Getting more strategic about how you use your time in donor meetings can help take your relationships – and your major gift program – to the next level. Here are three secrets that will help make your next major donor meeting a huge success.

3. How a $75 donation can turn into a six-figure gift

Did I ever tell you one about the $75 donation that turned into a six-figure gift? Success stories like these don’t happen overnight – they are the result of persistence, hard work, and a serious investment in building meaningful relationships with all your donors. But if you’re ready to make that commitment, here are three secrets you need to know to turn a modest annual donation into a potential transformational gift.

4. 6 ways to keep your fundraising on track in the lazy, hazy days of summer

Here’s a timely one for our friends in the southern hemisphere! Summer can be a tough time of year to fundraise – it’s difficult to stay motivated and keep working to reach your goals when it feels like everyone else in the world is sittin’ on the dock of the bay. Here are six ways you can keep up your momentum, put the summer fun back in fundraising.

5. How one small nonprofit landed a $7 million donation

Imagine getting the news that you’re going to receive the biggest donation in the history of your organization: a bequest valued at an estimated $7 million. It sounds like a dream – but it was reality for Laura Satin Levin, lead fundraiser at Dying With Dignity Canada. I had the chance to sit down with Laura to hear what led to this unexpected transformational gift, and she shared a ton of valuable tips and practical ideas you can implement at your organization.

That’s all from me! I’m signing off for 2018 – I’ll be taking a couple of weeks to unplug and spend time with my family over the holidays, and I’ll be back in action in January.

Whatever you are doing as your year winds down, I wish you all the best. You’ve worked so hard this year raising money for your great cause, and I hope you too will get some time to rest and recharge, so you’re back better than ever in 2019!

Emma Lewzey, CFRE is an award-winning fundraiser who has been helping great causes like yours build and grow successful fundraising programs since 1995. She’s the President-Elect of the world’s largest Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Chapter in Toronto, and the National Chair of AFP’s Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy. Contact Emma to book your free discovery session, and find out how you can work together to strategically focus your precious resources on the fundraising initiatives that truly work.

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