One simple organizing method that I like to suggest to major gift fundraising teams of staff and volunteers is the “A, B, C” categorization to determine how “ready” our donor prospects are for making an investment in our campaign or initiative.
There's so much going on in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, we just have to say our piece. Comments welcome!
Yesterday the Giving USA Foundation released its annual report on giving in America and reported that an estimated $316.23 billion was donated to charitable causes in 2012.
A recent study from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and 21/64 sought to learn more about who is the next generation of major donors.
There is not one path to take towards being a fundraiser. As Barb and I mentioned in our webinar two weeks ago, most people stumble into it.
The most surprising thing about the development pros who attended a break-out session I led at a professional workshop a few years back was their willingness to admit the role fear plays in keeping them from fully embracing their jobs.
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.
The challenge was to spend just seven dollars per person a day on three nourishing meals (the average typical daily budget for food stamps) to highlight the challenges some face when living on a tight food budget.
Don’t limit your donor-centered approach to just donors – think board-centered.
“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.
After attending the February CASE VIII Conference in Portland, I can sum up my sense of the higher ed fundraising landscape in three words: big, bigger, biggest.