Category: Mitch Ravvin

June 19, 2017

The importance of community events

Spring is here and so is the event fundraising season! Events that raise money for causes and nonprofits can take many forms from 5k runs and walk-a-thons to endurance bike rides. In recent years, nonprofits have expanded these activities to include mud runs, polar plunges, even head-shaving! But just like any large undertaking, planning a […]

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May 11, 2017

The importance of volunteering

Recently my partner Sharon and I volunteered for a neat nonprofit, Food for Peace, at Ronald McDonald House. Food For Peace describes themselves as a group of volunteers that enjoy bringing FREE healthy, environmentally friendly meals to the masses to enjoy, educate and improve their strength of community, recognizing everybody’s right to clean, healthy, sustainable, […]

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September 22, 2016

The Power of Video Marketing – Part 2

I keep reading so many interesting articles on video marketing,  I thought it would be worth while to do a follow up to my August blog. So here is my September Blog entitled: The Power of Video Marketing – Part 2. In addition to highlighting video’s immense marketing power, I thought it would give me […]

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August 10, 2016

The Power of Video Marketing

I am now near the end of my 6th year in my business and have wanted to do a video since I began my business in November of 2010. Well, thanks to Travis E Cross, Producer/Director of Grand Cross Media, this dream has now become a reality. I’m really pleased at the final iteration of […]

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June 15, 2016

How to hire the “right” professional fundraiser for your project:

Here are a few points worth thinking about before a nonprofit hires a professional fundraiser for a project with which they require support. These points are worth considering regardless of the type of fundraising project i.e. special event, annual or capital campaign, researching & grant writing, or finding donors and/or sponsors for your programs and […]

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April 15, 2016

Get out there!

You might be wondering who starts a Blog post with this type of energy – “Get out there!”? These words come to my mind when I think about my move to Toronto in the mid-80’s when the economy was pretty tough in Alberta and I was working for a large real estate company there. A […]

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November 18, 2015

Rave Results 5th Anniversary of business

I know this is really a cliché, but time really does fly. One reaches so many milestones in life. Besides ones that your Mom may remember better than you, like losing your first tooth, speaking and/or walking for the first time, some of the milestones that I remember most vividly are graduating High School, then […]

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January 19, 2015

ONE THING IS FOR SURE, CHANGE IS INEVITABLE!

I love being a professional fundraiser! I also loved working in commercial real estate and being an investment advisor too, but when you are able to combine your love of helping others with your interest in finance/business, it really is the best of two worlds! So much has happened in almost 12 years of being […]

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October 14, 2014

What customer relationship management system (CRM) are you using to manage your nonprofit?

A Few Good Donor Management Systems The right donor management software can make a big difference in your ability to raise funds. We asked six different nonprofit technology experts about donor management software that have worked well for their nonprofit colleagues. The holiday season is upon us again, and soon you’ll need to prepare another […]

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August 1, 2012

Commission Does Not Pay: Compensation for Development Professionals

Why is compensation always such a hot button issue in the nonprofit world? On a regular basis, I hear questions (and complaints) about the following: · How are we supposed to pay for a fundraiser when we need someone to raise the money to pay for the fundraiser? · Can’t you just take a percentage […]

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