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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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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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Take a chance; give a chance

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I admit it. I have a penchant for “self-help” discourse. I find the checklists and TedTalks on topics of leadership, courage, and self-confidence pretty irresistible. So I was excited to […]

Categories / General
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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 after reading this 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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