Author: Jim Hackney

Touch Points Please: Donor Engagement

The most important thing a nonprofit can do to increase its annual fund donors is simple: reach out and touch them. To ensure a healthy and prosperous year end, your development plan should include sending out an annual solicitation letter as early as November. Much emphasis is placed on making an annual ask, and while… Read more »

Communication is Key – Just Ask What you Want to Know!

As fundraising consultants, we get the privilege of interviewing top donors all over the country.  One of the issues that pops up constantly is the poor communication between non-profits and donors.  Often, I will hear from donors that the staff of the non-profit had never talked to them about a specific issue, or I hear… Read more »

A Little Bit About Your Nonprofit Board

There is nothing more important to the health of a nonprofit than a quality Board of Trustees.  It is the Board that sets your mission, chooses and provides leadership and provides resources in order to implement the mission. Often times, as consultants, we are asked about Board composition, size, wealth and responsibilities.  I try to… Read more »

The Case for the Arts

Most of the client work that I do for Alexander Haas is with cultural organizations. Recently, several board members of very well-established cultural organizations have made comments in board meetings that are, unfortunately, not uncommon: “But we aren’t feeding people.”  “We aren’t working on the cure for cancer.”  “How can we ask people to make… Read more »