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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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Ready, Set, GiveBIG!

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With GiveBIG fast approaching, nonprofits of all sizes in the state of Washington are gearing up to prepare for a giving day that raised $12.9 million in 24 hours last […]

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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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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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Keeping Angels: Back to the Basics of Donor Retention

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We know that fundraising is not easy. I usually tell my clients that there are no angel donors who fall out of the sky and want to fund your program. […]

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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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Seven Steps to Sustainable Major Gifts Magic

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It’s not about “the sale.” You know this. But somehow—in the thick of your campaign, special project, or deadline—you forget. You go into sales mode, and you make “the ask” […]

Categories / Boards / General / Major Gifts
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The Special Sauce: It’s Not Just for Campaigns Anymore

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For most fundraisers, the first few months of the year require a healthy dose of reflection and a burst of renewal to be able to do it all again. As […]

Categories / Campaigns / General / Trends
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Donors who feel “warm glow” give more

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You may have heard this recent story on NPR about how humanitarian groups were receiving fewer donations to fight Ebola than expected. It went on to share some fascinating research […]

Categories / Donor Relations / General
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Is “Fundraising” the New F-Word?

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I have a good friend who has transformed the way she relates to and works with her board. She has long been a fabulous Executive Director, but for several years, […]

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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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