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Last month, five members of our team traveled to Indianapolis for the Giving Institute’s annual meeting of the minds: the Summer Symposium. This event brings together fundraising and consulting voices from across the United States to discuss major trends, opportunities, and concerns affecting philanthropy—and to consider the future of our sector.
August 15, 2023
Imagine: three years ago (or perhaps five…or seven…or even ten!), your organization embarked on an ambitious fundraising campaign. You set your sights high with your largest-ever campaign goal. You perfected your case for support, and created a much-loved campaign brand. You recruited a top-tier cohort of volunteers that faithfully shepherded the campaign through highs and
July 26, 2023
Isabella and Emilie help to guide and keep diverse projects, ranging from campaigns to development planning efforts to executive searches, running on time and on course.  You’ll find a few reflections from Isabella and Emilie—on philanthropy, the common good, and their personal passions—within.
July 13, 2023
There are fault lines in the philanthropic landscape. Participation has declined steadily for two decades: Today, fewer than half of households report making a charitable gift each year. Compare this to 2000, when 66% of American households donated to charity.
June 14, 2023
Does it really matter what our mission and vision are as long as we’re doing good work?
May 25, 2023
Effective boards are comprised of diverse members who bring a balance of work, wisdom and wealth. To these responsibilities add “wit” because a board that enjoys working together is more likely to be fruitful. On a high-functioning board, each board member brings one or two of these traits (plus “wit,” which is a proxy for
May 9, 2023
Fundraising success depends on the ability to leverage two important assets: data and time. With improved data, you can spend your time—a precious resource—in the right places.
April 25, 2023

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