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Tip of the Spear: The Executive’s Role in Board Leadership

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BoardSource (www.boardsource.org) has been collecting and analyzing trends in nonprofit board practices since 1994, with a unique approach that surveys both chief executives and board chairs. The “Board report card” […]

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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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Giving Growing Faster than the GDP

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The numbers are out and the news is all good. Giving USA 2015* reported giving last year was the highest ever: an estimated $358 billion, surpassing pre-Great Recession levels. With […]

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Is a wealth screening a worthwhile investment?

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“We have this donor database, and it is filled with names of people about whom we know very little. I just know that there are people in there who have the […]

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Understanding Donor Motivation, One Person at a Time

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The classic book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” gave a cultural tagline to the notion of a vast and insurmountable psychological divide between genders. Though not as […]

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Is My Nonprofit’s Website Mobile-Friendly?

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Google is rewarding sites it deems “mobile-friendly” and penalizing those that are not. As of Tuesday, April 21, sites that are not compliant with Google’s Mobile Optimization Guidelines will not […]

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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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