Industry News

Benefactor Group is a thought leader in the non-profit sector and we understand the latest philanthropy trends. Our Industry News section provides insight into the newest ideas and data to help you make the best decisions. For example, as a member of the Giving Institute, we develop a unique visual infographic representing the Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy. Stay tuned to this page for frequent updates.

News Posts

5 Keys to Elevating Major Giving with Technology  

If fundraising is an art—the “gentle art of teaching the joy of giving,” as Henry Rosso wrote—then major gift officers are artists. They skillfully build relationships, ask good questions, engage and follow up with donors, and raise transformative gifts for worthy missions. Of course, all great craftsmen require tools. For … Read More

Categorized: General Development, News, Nonprofit Resources
From Giving to Leading: Questions to Consider Before Joining the Board  

Should you join the board? Whether you are being asked to join the board of an art museum, social service agency, hospice, or any other type of nonprofit, ask yourself these questions.

Categorized: Fundraising, General Development, Leadership and Search, News
Giving and the Golden Years: A Q & A with Aging Services Study Co-Author Laura MacDonald  

Do you think of seniors (age 65+) as a primary audience for your nonprofit organization? Maybe you should. By 2060, it is estimated that the population of Americans over 65 will climb to 98.2 million – double the estimate in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As they age, … Read More

Categorized: General Development, News, Nonprofit Resources
Giving USA 2016  

Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy©, is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America. The Report affirms 2015 as a steady and strong year in philanthropy. Giving rose 4.0% to $373.25 billion in 2015 contributions, a record high. Our infographic of this annual report provides insights for … Read More

Categorized: News
Giving USA 2017 Infographic  

Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy©, is the longest running, most comprehensive report on philanthropy in America. The Report shows 2016 with steady giving in these uncertain times. Giving rose to $390.05 billion in 2016 contributions, up 2.7% over last year, another record high. This was the seventh … Read More

Categorized: General Development, Giving USA, News, Nonprofit Resources
How Technology Can Improve Your Referral-Based Philanthropy Program  

In our work with hospitals, the topic of “grateful patient and family programs” comes up often. They have the potential to be a meaningful source of philanthropic revenue and should be standard practice for hospital foundations. However, many institutions struggle to move from aspiration (aka: good intentions) to achieving results. … Read More

Categorized: News, Nonprofit Resources, Nonprofit Technology
Leadership Transition: Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: Why is leadership transition so important? A: Identifying and recruiting the leadership most suitable to your mission and culture is critical to a successful future. Changes in leadership are pivotal occasions and may be leveraged to build capacity and advance the sustainability and impact of your organization. Q: What … Read More

Categorized: Leadership and Search, News, Nonprofit Resources
The Mighty Middle: How middle donors can provide a big return for your organization  

What’s the difference between major donors, mid-tier donors, and annual donors? Major donors are treated like family. Organizations celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries, extend them exclusive event invites, and tailor gift requests. Annual donors, on the other hand, contribute many small gifts after being solicited by mail, newsletter, or other … Read More

Categorized: Capital Campaigns, Fundraising, News, Nonprofit Resources
Olympic Lessons to Make a Powerful Team  

Nothing beats the Olympic games in showcasing the best in teamwork, individual performance and goal achievement. During the XXXI Olympiad in Rio, the United States earned the highest medal count among all participating nations.  According to a post at, our country’s 121 medals “are the most ever for a … Read More

Categorized: General Development, News, Nonprofit Resources
Stop the Revolving Door in Nonprofit Development  

No matter the size, scope, or mission of your nonprofit, your development staff is crucial in sustaining your operations for today and your impact for tomorrow. By investing in these professionals—and ensuring their longevity in your organization—your nonprofit will have both the funding and the focus to achieve its goals.

Categorized: Leadership and Search, News, Nonprofit Resources