About Robin Carton

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Giving Tuesday

How to Navigate the Donor Feeding Frenzy

Giving Tuesday

Today is “Giving Tuesday.” Certainly the hope is to rival the kind of spending frenzy that occurred in the retail world over the last week.   As you considered where, or even if, to donate at this time – here are a few thoughts to consider: 1) does the organization do work that you value;(…)

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The Ideal Appeal Letter Begins with YOU!

Writing Successful Year-End Fundraising Letters

The Ideal Appeal Letter Begins with YOU!

  It’s November. You are probably trying to write an end-of-year appeal letter to your donors. Before the letter goes out the door, would you like to learn the #1 most important thing you can do to make your donors want to give? Nonprofit communications expert Dennis Fischman will share the “secret sauce” you can add to your(…)

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Which Social Media Are Right for You?

The Magic Formula for Choosing Social Media

Which Social Media Are Right for You?

  Dennis Fischman of Communicate! Consulting has generously shared the third chapter of his book, The No-Nonsense Nonprofit Guide to Social Media with Kayak Consulting Group. Dennis is passionate about social change.  He left a senior management position at a nonprofit agency to help groups like yours tell their stories: in person, in writing, and through social media. As a Kayak Consulting Group(…)

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The Donor Next Door

How to Use Your Donors to Train Your Board

The Donor Next Door

  Andy Robinson is an extraordinary consultant, trainer, and author based in Vermont. His accessible fundraising advice has assisted hundreds of organizations over the years. Kayak Consulting Group is delighted to share this blog post and its insights with our readers. Does your board resist fundraising? Do they find the whole subject distasteful? If so,(…)

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An Insider’s Guide to Foundation Fundraising – Part 3

Four Steps to Successfully Identify Prospective Funders

An Insider’s Guide to Foundation Fundraising – Part 3

Good, solid research is essential to identifying prospective funders and crafting a solid grant proposal. Randomly sending letters of interest or a cookie-cutter application will almost certainly engender ill will from the funder who processes the information.  It is far more efficient (and beneficial!) to send out a few well-researched requests that speak directly to(…)

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An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 2

Research Strategies and Finding Information

An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 2

  Determining which foundations might be willing to fund your organization should not resemble finding a needle in a haystack. The information is out there, you just need to know what you need and where to get it. The first step in the grantseeking process is to make a list of the names and addresses(…)

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An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 1

A Brief Introduction

An Insider’s Guide to Finding Foundation Funding – Part 1

For eighteen years I had the opportunity to work in a national foundation. During that time I read over 6,000 grant proposals and participated in awarding over 2,500 grants. This means that I have seen good proposals, bad proposals and ones that should never have left the writer’s grasp. It also means that I have(…)

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Setting Ground Rules to Guide Your Meetings and Discussions

Setting Ground Rules to Guide Your Meetings and Discussions

Meetings can be an important step in developing strategies, coordinating work or ensuring that people are on the same page with information and responsibilities. A good meeting lifts spirits, creates action plans and does not drag on forever. A poorly run meeting can make you want to stick a fork in your eye. While they(…)

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