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There's so much going on in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, we just have to say our piece. Comments welcome!

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Do you trust your donors enough to let them opt out?

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I started thinking about this question of after reading article on Philanthropy.com about a nonprofit that was trying to improve its direct-mail donor acquisition. They worked with an economist from […]

Categories / Donor Relations
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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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Nonprofits still starving – What can fundraisers do?

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While the news itself is disturbing, I was glad to hear this recent interview on KPLU with Eric Walker, a former executive at PATH. Walker pointed out an ongoing trend in philanthropy, […]

Categories / General / Trends
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Is Crowdsource Funding Right for You?

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Crowdsource funding (aka crowdfunding) is all the rage right now. These campaigns are usually funded by many small gifts, typically through an online crowdfunding site. According to an infographic from […]

Categories / General
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Trend Watch: Northwest nonprofits receiving biggest gifts ever

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This is an exciting season for investing in the Northwest. Headlines from business journals in Seattle, Portland, and other cities confirm confidence in the economy. Real estate values are back […]

Categories / General / Major Gifts / Trends
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Call me back…Please!

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How many times have you sent a message to a donor and waited for a reply—and waited, and waited, and waited? You may be offering to provide information they requested, […]

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The Golden Rule of Board Engagement

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“Our board is so engaged in fundraising, we can’t imagine how they could possibly do more.” Wait…what? Why is it so rare to hear nonprofit leaders making this kind of […]

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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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6 Signs Your Major Gifts Fundraising is On Track

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A successful and sustainable major gifts program: that’s just about every nonprofit’s goal. Then why is it that some programs thrive, while others never get off the ground? Here are […]

Categories / Boards / General / Major Gifts
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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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