The Small & Mighty Fundraising Minute

The Small & Mighty Fundraising Minute
The Small & Mighty Fundraising Minute delivers a quick hit of fundraising wisdom - practical, tactical ideas that you can put to use at your organization. For more tips and tools, Go to to learn about the Small & Mighty Membership program.

The Best Kept Secret to Securing Larger Foundation Grants
Oct 11 • 4 min
Pssst… There is a secret to securing larger foundation grants for your nonprofit organization. It is probably not what you think. In fact, it is probably easier than you think. Check out my FREE guide, “Is That Small Grant Worth It?”
Sep 2 • 4 min
Are you bold and unapologetic when you talk about your organization?
Silly Mistakes Can be Blessings in Disguise
Jul 29 • 5 min
A funny anecdote from an Oscar-winning actress reinforces the idea that sometimes your silly mistakes can be your biggest blessings.
“Wish You Were Here!”: Fun Tips for Summertime Donor Connections
Jul 2 • 4 min
Some nonprofit organizations assume that they cannot do anything fundraising related in the summer: everyone is on vacation, no one is around, etc. I say: Nonsense! Summer can be a fantastic time to connect with donors. When donors are not as distracted…
Who Is Your “Nun”?
Jun 3 • 4 min
Can you find inspiration from an unexpected source? Is there someone you are overlooking? Who is your “Nun”?
Build an Event that Looks and Feels Like YOUR Organization!
May 7 • 3 min
Your organization’s fundraising event doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. Build an event that looks and feels like YOUR organization, and you’ll create something that differentiates you in the marketplace and attracts enthusiastic supporters.
Recycle Your Content!
Apr 25 • 3 min
Tips for recycling and reusing content (article, data, research, photos, etc.) so you can make the most of your time and resources.
Deal alert!
Apr 22 • 1 min
One week left to join the Small & Mighty Membership program at the lower annual rate! (Of course, the podcast will always be free!)
How to Ask Better Questions and Create Deeper Connections
Apr 11 • 5 min
Ask the kinds of questions that will help donors, volunteers, board members, and others connect more deeply with your nonprofit.
Don’t Pursue that “Moonshot” Donor
Mar 12 • 4 min
Here is why you should not pursue that “Moonshot” donor, the pie-in-the-sky, long shot donor that will never be yours. I’ve also got some tips to help you convince others that it’s not aspirational to pursue such donors; it’s wasteful.
Helping Your Board Members Thrive
Feb 12 • 3 min
Articulate not just what you want FROM your board members, but also what you’re committed to providing TO your board members - so they can help the organization grow and they, themselves, can grow as leaders
The Perfect versus The Good
Jan 30 • 3 min
Are you working so hard to make things perfect that you are losing out on good opportunities? Is all of your careful planning and analyzing really about achieving excellence, or is it more about control, or fear? How do we avoid making the perfect the…
Adventures in Network Marketing
Jan 1 • 6 min
My side hustle - a network marketing company - has taught me a few things about fundraising, and vice versa. There are surprising parallels! Authentic storytelling, turning your donors/board members into fundraisers, thinking more expansively about…
Tips to Guide Your Year-End Donations!
Dec 19, 2018 • 4 min
It’s that time of year! The holiday season means parties, trips, gifts, time with friends and family, and… The time of year when many of us make charitable donations. The choices can seem overwhelming. How can you decide where to give, and how much? Here…
You, Inc.
Dec 3, 2018 • 3 min
You are the CEO of a company: You, Inc. For that company to thrive, you have to invest in it. Financial planning, training, marketing… it’s all part of the big picture!
Happy Giving Tuesday!
Nov 27, 2018 • 3 min
It’s Giving Tuesday! The Super Bowl of online giving. Make a gift, join the fun, and feel your heart grow. And, if your nonprofit is running a Giving Tuesday campaign, keep your expectations realistic and understand the true value of today’s engagement -…
Don’t forget to say “thanks!”
Nov 20, 2018 • 3 min
There is one thing you can do for your donors, volunteers, and staff that will ALWAYS be appreciated, doesn’t have to cost you a penny, and will make you feel good, too. Can you guess what it is?
Why Creativity Matters
Nov 8, 2018 • 4 min
Creativity does more than just help your work get noticed. When you practice creativity, you develop the skills that will help you create new solutions and confront challenges in unconventional ways.
What do you do when you can’t do it all?
Oct 31, 2018 • 4 min
At a small(er) organization, you’re expected to do it all. And be good at all of it. But that’s not realistic. Make choices that play to your strengths, and call in support and reinforcements for the rest.
Why I Hate Elevator Speeches
Oct 24, 2018 • 4 min
Why I kinda hate “elevator speeches,” and what I suggest as an alternative, a better way to engage and build relationships with potential donors and partners.
Your Asking-For-Money Pep Talk!
Oct 19, 2018 • 3 min
Here is your asking-for-money pep talk! A few ideas to get you beyond your anxiety and doubts, so you can make the ask. You can do this!
Send Your December Fundraising Appeal in January
Oct 16, 2018 • 3 min
Given the new tax laws, should you send your organization’s annual, year-end fundraising appeal at the end of the year? Or should you send it at another time, so you can stand out from the pack?
Writing Prompt: Five Important Things
Oct 12, 2018 • 2 min
Five Important Things: a writing prompt to help you enliven your writing and bust through writers block.
The Biggest Proposal Budget Mistake
Oct 9, 2018 • 3 min
What is the biggest mistake that nonprofits make when they are putting together their proposal budgets? (Other than bad math… Don’t even talk to me about bad math…)
Ask for Money or Advice?
Oct 6, 2018 • 2 min
There is an old adage in fundraising: Ask for money, get advice. Ask for advice, get money. Which should you do?
To Gala or Not to Gala?
Oct 2, 2018 • 2 min
What are the hidden costs of your fundraising event?
Corporate Giving or Corporate Sponsorship?
Oct 2, 2018 • 3 min
What’s the difference between corporate giving and corporate sponsorship? Which is right for your organization or event?
What’s a 990, and What Should You Look For in There?
Oct 2, 2018 • 2 min
You may have heard people talking about a charitable foundation’s “990.” What is it, why does it matter, and what is the most important thing to look for in that document?