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KPLU Makes Public Media History

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When the folks at KPLU called and asked if our firm would help them raise $7 million in six months to save the station from being sold, my first question […]

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Campaigns, Campaigns, Everywhere

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Does it seem like everywhere you look, there’s a fundraising campaign in one stage of planning, execution, or completion? It’s not your imagination. A recent study by the Nonprofit Research […]

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Kill Your Tactics

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Anyone who’s been to journalism school knows the phrase “kill your darlings.” It means editing out the words and phrases that you’ve fallen in love with that drag down the […]

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Anatomy of a $30 million donation

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When a museum announces a combined $30 million donation, that’s big news. The Museum of Flight in Seattle did just that on July 23, and we couldn’t be happier for […]

Categories / General
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Higher Ed philanthropies take note: Gates Foundation reveals its hand

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When the largest grant-making foundation on the planet issues a paper regarding its funding priorities in a particular sector, it would be wise for fundraisers in that sector to take […]

Categories / Higher Education / Major Gifts
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Higher ed, mega-gifts, and the power of transformation

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The VSE (Voluntary Support of Education) report for giving to higher education was recently released, and the email heralding its arrival had the following teaser: “Charitable contributions to colleges and universities in […]

Categories / Higher Education / Major Gifts
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Campaigns: The mystery of “going public”

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In working with nonprofits in campaign mode, the one thing that causes the most angst among volunteer leaders—other than reaching goal—is the worry over “when to go public.” “Going public” […]

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Whither the Ice Bucket Challenge

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If you, like me, are one of the six or so people left in this country who hasn’t thrown a bucket of ice on your head in the past six […]

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Moving toward an investment mentality

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If a stockbroker approached you with an opportunity to invest in a company, what kinds of questions would you ask? You’d probably want to know about the fundamentals of the […]

Categories / Donor Relations / General / Trends
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Give ’em What They Want

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The definition of marketing, a wise person once told me, is finding out what people want, and then giving it to them. So I wince when I hear clients say […]

Categories / Donor Relations / General
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