It's All in the Ask

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From left: Donna Miller of Miller Consulting, Rob Slovak, Reading & Radio Resource board president, and Betty Hersey, executive director.

The Dallas Morning News‘ Bob Miller writes Sunday, July 10, 2011, about Reading & Radio Resource’s work with area foundations, http://dallasne.ws/rkNNKn

The Moody Foundation, the Dallas Stars Foundation, and the Delta Gamma Foundation, [...]

Client Receives $25,000 grant from Hillcrest Foundation

Reading & Radio Resource recently received a $25,000 grant from the Hillcrest Foundation in support of Reading’s Vision 2050 Campaign.  Vision 2050, a $500,000 campaign, addresses infrastructure, technology, and program excellence needs.  The Vision 2050 Case Statement and proposals are written by Donna Miller of Miller Consulting.

Why is Making a Donor Call so Scary? Instead, Remember the Joy

I’ve conducted a couple of Major Donor Cultivation training sessions recently and was reminded of the best part of fundraising. I always begin my training sessions with a question, “How did you feel the last time you gave more money or more time than might have been reasonable?” “Did you feel angry or [...]

Reading & Radio Resource receives $20,000 grant!

Reading & Radio Resource, a fundraising and public relations client, recently received a $20,000 grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas in support of Reading & Radio Resource’s Vision 2050 campaign.  You can hear more about the nonprofit organization’s radio reading service and recorded books here, http://test.readingresource.org/John_Glenn_testimony.mp3

Donna Miller Presents at the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action National Conference

Proposal writing is a unique blend of systematic research, exacting processing, imagination, and artful writing.  And, even then, success is not guaranteed. I love the challenge and the combination of skills and am always thrilled to teach beginning fundraisers how to start, and to remind experienced fundraisers, including myself, ways to improve.  This [...]

The Best Sales/Fundraising Lesson Ever

The best sales and fundraising lesson I ever received was during my first professional job out of graduate school. I was working in a one-person office, responsible for everything from filing IRS documents, to writing concert programs, to picking up guest artists at the airport. It was easy to get lost in everyday [...]

Client receives $40,000 from The Hoglund Foundation

One of my clients, Reading & Radio Resource, recently received a two-year $40,000 gift from The Hoglund Foundation. The gift supports the campaign Vision 2050. I wrote the case statement for Vision 2050, so it is doubly exciting to see such success!

Golfing in the Coolest Part of Town

Golf on one of the oldest courses in Dallas, also rated in 2008 as one of the top 100 courses in Texas. All this, and the course is in the coolest part of town, Oak Cliff. Reserve Monday, September 27 for the Annual Ock Liff Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. [...]

Foundation Grant Received

One of my fundraising clients, Reading & Radio Resource, recently received a substantial grant from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to support the organization’s mission of “reading for those who cannot read for themselves.”

Foundation Fundraising - Oak Cliff Chamber

Raising money for an established cause with a track record is one thing. Raising money for a new cause is another. An experienced fundraiser is invaluable in such a situation. I worked with the Oak Cliff Chamber’s Golden Oaks Awards to raise college scholarship for Oak Cliff high school students. We [...]

Major Gifts

For one organization a major gift may be $1,000. For another it might be $1 million.  No matter the size of the organization, the process of identification and cultivation of major gifts prospects is the same – that magic confluence of ability to donate and the inclination.

Remember an example when you gave more money [...]

Capital Campaign or Special Project – Case Statement Development

Reading & Radio Resource launched two successful special project campaigns in the past five years: one to update their audio recording systems and data storage systems to digital, and one to match a grant from the Department of Commerce to upgrade their radio station, Station NTRB – a Radio Reading Service.

Both special projects required the [...]

Capital Campaigns – Collateral Development

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration launched a capital campaign to raise funds for their new South Building.  Miller Consulting, in partnership with Global Images Design, developed a Campaign Communication Plan that communicated key messages through a series of postcards mailed to the parish members and posters mounted throughout the campus.

Postcard 1

Government proposals

Governments of any size can award grant money.  Writing government proposals can mean approaching a local, regional, state-wide, or federal agency with varying degrees of complexity. For example, proposals to the National Endowment for the Arts can be substantially less complex than proposals to the Department of Education.

One of the most intriguing government proposals [...]

It's Personal Working with Foundations

Working with private foundations is just as personal as working with individuals. If the foundation is large enough to have staff, then it’s almost always best to schedule a meeting to discuss your nonprofit organization and your project before submitting a proposal.

The staff is there to guide you in creating the best possible proposal [...]

Writing a foundation proposal isn't just about the rules

Writing a foundation proposal can seem an easy way to raise money. “If I follow all the rules, they’re sure to fund us. We deserve it.” But foundations are run by people with all the preferences, dislikes, and quirks that people have. Not following the rules is an easy way to [...]

Communicating with the Donor

An organization’s good work can often be best told through individual stories. Finding these stories and communicating them to prospective donors and current donors is key to ongoing and successful fundraising campaigns.

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