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
A good Case positions the organization as a worthy of your attention and spells out the nonprofit’s impact, made possible by the generosity of donors.
In 2013, the first version of this paper was published in Advancing Philanthropy. With the 2015 US Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges securing marriage equality, and the increased number of American adults identifying as LGBTQ, the authors continue to believe the potential impact of giving by the LGBTQ … Read More
The Ant and the Grasshopper, one of Aesop’s Fables, is the story of the grasshopper who plays and frolics all summer long, while the ant plans and works for the coming winter. Soon enough, along comes the cold weather and the grasshopper is left unprepared and hungry, while the ant … Read More
A capital campaign is a powerful, one-of-a-kind opportunity to transform your organization. When done correctly, a capital campaign: Renews and deepens existing donor relationships; Builds new relationships and a broader base of support; Raises the overall level of donor investment in your organization; and Differentiates your organization as a vital … Read More
These suggested practices are provided to assist staff and board members of nonprofit organizations in drafting donor recognition and stewardship guidelines or auditing current guidelines and procedures. Each organization is unique and should adapt these suggestions to reflect its own culture, priorities, and practices. The Thank You and Acknowledgement Guidelines … Read More
You have openings on your board. Finding new board members is a big responsibility—and a great opportunity! Take the time to find candidates who are the best fit.
Why, What, and How Peer-to-peer events are an amazingly fast-growing source of funding. P2P event fundraising grew 55% in 2015. The top 30 peer fundraising programs alone raised nearly $1,530,000,000 in 2016. Tapping into the deep and wide networks of your supporters make P2P events an excellent way to recruit … Read More
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.
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