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Fundraising for the Arts: How to Build Community Relationships with Anthony Rodriguez of Aurora Theatre

Anthony Rodriguez is Co-Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Aurora Theatre. Among other fundraising challenges, the Theatre moved locations in 2007.

By |2018-09-18T11:41:19-04:00September 18th, 2018|Fundraising Podcasts|0 Comments

How to Lose a Donor in 10 Days

By: Elizabeth Smith, Project Coordinator  One of my favorite movies is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; it is a classic rom-com that is perfect for rainy days and a glass of wine. In the movie, Andi (played by Kate Hudson) attempts every dating faux pas in the book to get her beau [...]

By |2015-11-02T19:22:19-04:00November 2nd, 2015|Donor Response|0 Comments

Rules of Solicitation: The Script

  After only 10 minutes into the conversation, the prospect said, “I am satisfied that you have met all the requirements for fundraising success that I requested several months ago. I’m ready to sign and pledge $2 million dollars to this effort.” The two solicitors looked at each other in disbelief. Carefully scripted, they were [...]

By |2019-03-14T12:25:34-04:00June 1st, 2015|Donor Response|0 Comments

Dancing With A Donor’s Ego: A How To

By Jarrad Howard, Campaign Strategy Study Coordinator In a meeting with a potential donor, whether they are a new donor or a constant supporter of your organization, I have found that these meetings are never one-on-one. The parties in attendance are always you, your donor…and your donor’s ego. Although uninvited, the ego is ever present [...]

By |2014-11-03T15:19:09-04:00November 3rd, 2014|Donor Response|0 Comments

Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying

No mistake is proof you succeeded. I recently partook in a webinar on peer-to-peer fundraising hosted by a well-known company. The moderator, who was very intelligent and experienced, talked about the key groups a volunteer fundraiser has and how to determine their “infinity” toward the project. Yes, infinity was written on the slides, and it [...]

By |2019-03-14T12:24:09-04:00September 26th, 2014|Donor Response|0 Comments

The Queen Speaks: Online Honor Rolls

My colleague John Taylor, despite his demurrers, is often called the guru of advancement services. When I asked him last year for some advice on exemplary stewardship programs he immediately recommended I talk with Lynne Wester, Director of Alumni Programs and Engagement at UNC Charlotte: “She’s the Queen of Stewardship.” High praise from a guru. [...]

By |2018-11-15T20:31:18-04:00May 7th, 2014|Fundraising Advice|0 Comments