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Are You Ready for Fundraising?

Too many nonprofit organizations miss the gold right under their feet because they plunge into fundraising without the proper framework. Don't let that happen to you! Begin by taking this self-assessment quiz to see where you're strong and where you need to focus your efforts.
  1. Is there someone in your organization, paid or volunteer, who is able to devote at least three hours a day to fundraising?
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  2. Do you have up-to-date mission and vision statements for your organization?
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  3. If you asked staff and board members to state your organization's mission and vision statements, could they all do so, and would all their statements match?
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  4. Can you list the key markets for your services? 
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  5. Do you know how each of your markets would describe your organization's image?
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  6. Does every one of your board members help raise funds for your organization?
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  7. Is every one of your staff and board members committed to and enthusiastic about your organization's mission and services?
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  8. Do you have resources earmarked especially for fundraising?
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  9. Does your budget include money for training?
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  10. Do you have resources in place to hire a consultant?
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  11. Do you have collaborative relations with other nonprofits?
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  12. Is your technology up to date?
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  13. Do you have a strategic plan for your organization?
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  14. Do you keep in regular contact with the media about your organization and its events?
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  15. Do you have good relationships with corporate leaders in your community?
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  16. Can you name everyone who gave to your organization more than once last year?
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  17. Do you have up-to-date versions of at least seven of the following materials describing your organization:
    (1) brochure / (2) marketing piece / (3) direct mail letter / (4) special event invitations / (5) newsletter / (6) press releases / (7) annual report / (8) newspaper clippings / (9) case statement / (10) wish list / (11) video / (12) slide show / (13) PSA (public service announcement)
    Yes   No   Not Sure
      



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