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
Gumbo, jazz and Mardi Gras….New Orleans has a little bit of everything going on including the 55th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals International Fundraising Conference April 15-17. Senior Consultant Catherine Fynes will join nearly 3,000 fundraisers from around the world as they get reinvigorated and super-charged about their profession. AFP … 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.
With consistent application, constant-gentle-pressure creates a culture of accomplishment.