fundraising podcast

It takes a special kind of person to be a fundraiser. Or at least that is what we tell ourselves. For most people, fundraising is intimidating. After all, who wants to go around asking other people for money. For most of us, fundraising doesn’t come naturally.

And yet, fundraising is an essential part to running a successful nonprofit.

So, here is some good news. Fundraising can be learned. AND it can be enjoyed.

In this podcast I interview Mitchell Linker, author of the book, “Nobody Dreams of Being a Fundraiser”. He talks about his evolution of becoming a good fundraiser. And the struggles he went throught that helped him learn his craft.

Mitchell walks us through a start-to-finish scenario of how to approach potential donors to ask for major gifts. Within this scenario he discusses:

  • How to identify potential major gift donors
  • How to start a major gifts program
  • What to say (and ask) during face-to-face visit with potential donors
  • And, in the end, how to ask for money

This is a great podcast for anyone interest in raising money for their nonprofit. And especially if you want to start a major gifts program.

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  1. Scott Lytell 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for this episode. I am just starting my work in the nonprofit sector. I’m a full-time grad student studying Nonprofit Administration with a focus on fundraising. I really enjoyed hearing the conversation about asking questions, getting to know a donor, and listening to them as a way to lead into the ask.

  2. Kate Feibusch 3 years ago

    I really appreciated hearing some of the questions you use to “go to the island”. Those help a lot. I’d love the chance to win the book. I very much appreciate Nonprofit Allyas well – I feel like Steve has been a great coach this year, as I get my nonprofit off the ground.

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    Steve Vick 3 years ago

    Hey Shanna,
    You could try FlipCause. They seem to be reasonable price and rather robust. We just did a podcast with them.

    Check it out at,

  4. Kevin Truong 3 years ago

    Amazing podcast, it was very helpful. I’d love an opportunity to win Mitchell’s book.

    • Author
      Steve Vick 3 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. Good luck. BTW – congrats on’s 501.c.3!

  5. Elizabeth Aguilar 3 years ago

    I loved this interview! Thank you. I’m glad Mitchell highlighted how uncomfortable it can be to ask for monetary donations, but this was extremely helpful!

    thanks again,

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      Steve Vick 3 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback. It’s good to know we aren’t the only ones uncomfortable with asking for money.

  6. shanna johnson 3 years ago

    Thanks. This was very helpful. I had a question. Does Mitchell have a checklist for the fundraising process? Besides Razoredge, what other database do you recommend?
    I have learned my processes need to be on one computer but accessible. I was using my personal laptop and desktop.

    Shanna Johnson

    • Mitchell Linker 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. I can’t really recommend any other fundraising databases. I am sure there are plenty, and perhaps some that are less expensive (if also more no-frills) but I don’t know of any off hand. It just so happens that everywhere I’ve worked has used RE.

      This website might be a resource to inquire about systems.

      Or you could even call Blackbaud (which makes the Raiser’s Edge) and ask them what they’d recommend for a small non profit. Thanks, Mitch

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