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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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Collins Group joining forces with Campbell & Company

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We are excited to announce that Collins Group is becoming a division of Campbell & Company, a national fundraising consulting and executive search firm.

Categories / Consulting
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Development vs. Marketing

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When marketing and development work in tandem, the benefits are beyond effectiveness.

Categories / Donor Relations
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What’s the difference between donors and delicata squash?

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It is not a coincidence that ‘cultivate’ is used in fundraising – if you tend to your donors like you tend to your garden, you will reap the benefits.

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Categories / Donor Relations / Major Gifts
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Breaking the Groundhog Day Cycle of Special Events

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In the fundraising world, nothing gets us grumbling quite like the thought of planning a special event (especially on the eve of the fall event season).

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Categories / Donor Relations / Events
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Fundraising

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So the real question we should be asking our volunteers is: how can they help us to actively engage members of the community in the mission of your nonprofit? How has your mission caused them to reach that aspirational place of wanting to reach out to others, and are they open to sharing their story with others?

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What’s your Universal Fundraising Truth?

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In the spirit of reflection, here are three universal fundraising truths, reinforced by my recent work with diverse clients.

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Grantwriting Tips in the Emerging Climate of High RFF Demands

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The environment for grantwriters has become more competitive than ever. Below are some grantwriting tips for your organization.

Categories / Foundations / Major Gifts
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Done Is Better Than Perfect

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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.

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Giving USA 2013: Positive Outlook for Power of American Philanthropy

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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.

Categories / Foundations / General / Trends
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Introducing the Next Generation of High Capacity Donors

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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.

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