The Most Important Fundraising Strategies: Blog Highlights of 2014!

For some fun holiday reading for you – here are the most popular blog posts of 2014.important-98442_1280

These posts are the ones that resonated the most with our Fired-Up Fundraising community.

Be sure to check them out.

They are PACKED with ACTIONABLE strategies that can help you raise the most money in the least amount of time.

Here we go:

1. Top 10 Major Donor Trends for 2014-15 

This was by far the most-read post with over 11k page views.

Trend articles are always a top favorite with our community.

2. An Appeal Letter Makeover: From “Organization-Centered” to “Donor-Centered” 

This one helped many people get their appeal letters set up properly.  (I think I need to do some clinics on fundraising letter writing in 2015!)

3. How to Craft a Killer Thank You Letter 

This nuts and bolts post shared a step-by-step approach to the all-important thank you letter.

Watch for my update on this one early in 2015!

4. Strengthen Your Fundraising Appeal With the “MPI” Formula 

My new MPI formula helps simplify the ask and tie it directly to impact.

5. Try Asking Donors for Feedback so They’ll Love You Even More

I was glad to see this one so high.

This post shared the right way to do a Donor Survey – a smart strategy you’ll want to employ in the new year.

For board members:

You know that board members are a speciality of mine.

These two important posts flew around the world and into the in-boxes of many board members this year:

6. What Every Board Member Needs to Know About Fundraising

This is written for you to send directly to your own board. It will generate a healthy discussion and new buy-in for fundraising.

7. Help Board Members Understand that Fundraising is Everybody’s Job

Rounding out the last three are some posts that got a lot of attention from your colleagues:

8. 5 Ideas That Will Make Asking Much Easier and More Successful

This post lays out an important framework for 21st Century Fundraising.

Here’s where we are all headed! Or, should I say – we all NEED to be headed!

9Is There a Crisis in Fundraising Leadership? 

This was my personal favorite of the year.

With over 45 comments, it is the beginning of an important conversation among fundraisers and their leaders.

Don’t miss this one. I’d love to know what you think!

10. Phone Calls to Donors = Highly Profitable Fundraising 

Singing the praises of OLD technology – the phone!

It’s a highly personal, cost effective and very lucrative fundraising tool.

Don’t miss these important posts – they’ll help boost your fundraising totals in 2015!