Ideas, Skills, Experience, Consultation and Coaching
Through CPG Enterprises, Inc., Christine Graham offers fundraising advice, support and training to a wide variety of organizations in northern New England. The goal is always to identify the needs of the organization and the people it serves, with careful attention to the culture of its community. With over 35 years of experience, Christine distinguishes her work with a creative, targeted, analytical approach that recognizes that each situation and organization is different.
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Our publications are short and sweet: focusing on the crucial elements you need to get started and to help your Board understand what you are doing and why. CPG Enterprises features several down-to-earth, readable publications on annual, capital and grants fundraising and the skills they require. See Publications for more information.
It's that time of year, and hopefully you've got your fundraising letters in the mail by now....but the note below just came to me from a thoughtful donor and friend, who is reacting to fundraising mail just as so many people are. When you get several dozen requests, as many of us do, your time and patience wear thin....
" I thought about you last evening as I opened all of my non-profit requests for year-end donations - lots of them. The stack of opened envelopes and letters was high. Now, did I read every word? Not on your life! In fact, I have begun to think about how these great organizations can be more brief in their requests - every single letter was too long, too, too, long! Even the one-pagers. (Having hung out in the public sector as a professional planner and on planning commissions I know the public and I am almost sure it is not the 'words' and letters that bring in $ at year's end.) A missile yes, but not lots of writing."
Midnight Worries - For many years Christine Graham published a newsletter, Nonprofit Vermont, which was the primary statewide vehicle for fundraising news in Vermont. After the newsletter was joined by so many other wonderful resources for news, jobs, and legal updates, it became an occasional publication. "Midnight Worries" is an editorial by Christine Graham, in the spirit of Nonprofit Vermont.