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The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest: Our 2016 Blog Series

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Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast. We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes […]

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Fundraising Smack-Down: Challenge Gifts v. Matching Gifts

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Between NPR’s spring pledge drive and my alma mater’s one-day giving challenge, my inbox and radio have been inundated lately with pitches for challenge and matching gifts. In my work […]

Categories / Campaigns / Trends
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The Other Donor Pyramid

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Everything I needed to know about donors I learned in my junior high health class. I had this “ah-ha” moment at the 2014 AFP-Washington Major Gifts Symposium last month. Jennifer […]

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Popsicle Eating and Major Donor Discovery

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One of my simple summer pleasures as a kid was eating those popsicles with the silly riddle on the stick. In honor of summer, here’s my cheesy fundraising popsicle joke […]

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Donor Communications: Death by Email, Life through Segmentation

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Recently when I was deleting unread emails from my inbox, I had a guilty thought: if am abducted by aliens, and someone was reconstructing my life only through my emails, […]

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Who Cares About Impact?

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This past December, I received an email that led with “…we wanted to reflect on what you’ve helped us achieve this year…” It told me about how the organization has […]

Categories / Donor Relations / General
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Breaking the Groundhog Day Cycle of Special Events

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In the fundraising world, nothing gets us grumbling quite like the thought of planning a special event (especially on the eve of the fall event season).

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Categories / Donor Relations / Events
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Stewardship: The Never-Ending Campaign

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Organizations might spend years thinking about a campaign, years ramping up for and running the campaign, and then what? Staff and volunteers pack up and move on? A return to the pre-campaign status quo? A fundraising cliff? There’s no magical formula or standard experience that will explain exactly what an organization will find on the other side of a campaign.

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Burning Your Boats In Search of Better Development

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“Burning the boats” is fully committing to look ahead, not backwards. Take the leap without the assurance that you can run back the old way.

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Delight Your Donors: the Power of Impact (Especially at Year-End)

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Stories of impact speak to donors who give tens of millions and to donors who give $10.

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