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Fundraising in Times of Crisis

Following is some collective wisdom about fundraising during a crisis, including ideas that are developing in the industry and conversations we have been having within our firm. We offer them to you as part of our continued partnership and deep interest in community philanthropy.

When thinking about fundraising during the current crisis, the tendency may be to retract and minimize efforts in the face of unprecedented hardships. But for organizations that depend upon philanthropy to support their missions, inaction is not an […]

2020-06-07T07:50:22-04:00June 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving Tuesday Resources for Organizations That Want to Maximize Their Return

Special Giving Tuesday – May 5, 2020


On Tuesday, May 5, a special national day of giving will be launched to help nonprofits that are struggling as a result of COVID-19.

Many nonprofits have been struggling to raise the funds necessary to continue their work. In this moment, unrestricted annual fund dollars are more important than ever. Taking part in a day where national momentum will be focused around supporting local causes that are near and dear to individuals can be a boost to your spring fundraising plans.

The Giving Tuesday organization has […]

2020-05-01T13:54:38-04:00April 30th, 2020|COVID-19|0 Comments

Crisis Fundraising Tips and Resources

With nonprofits in virtually every sector reassessing how to deliver their missions during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the role philanthropy will necessarily play in the process, RGI has compiled the following resources, gleaned from peer thinking across the country. 


Pandemic Foundation Resources by RGI Corporate and Foundation Specialist Marci Bernard

COVID-19 Care Checklist for Nonprofits from the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP). An excellent resource as you seek to support your […]

2020-06-07T07:47:19-04:00April 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There’s Foundation Money Out There! How Do I Get Some?

By Marci Bernard, Rolfson Group Foundation Specialist

The lure of a big payoff in the form of a grant is attractive to anyone charged with the challenging responsibility of running a small non-profit.  Although the majority of the charitable contributions in this country come from individuals, there is certainly a role for grants to play in your fundraising plans.  Beginning your quest for grant support with an understanding of the steps involved and a realistic expectation of success will increase your chances of […]

2019-08-15T09:03:45-04:00August 15th, 2019|Fundraising|0 Comments

Talk to Prospective Donors About “Vision” — Not Money!

By Eric F. Rolfson, President, The Rolfson Group, Inc.

It Ain’t About the Money

When engaging prospective donors for annual, capital, or comprehensive campaigns, successful fundraisers seek short- and long-term investments in the future of their organizations. Experience shows that donors are rarely motivated by talk about “money” during these preliminary conversations. Instead, they are enthused by what the money will accomplish. They want to value your organization’s mission, perceive its vision for the future, and grasp how it aligns with their personal world views. Thus, the first step in planning a […]

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