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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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The Journey of This Successful Development Professional

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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.

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Facing Our Fears

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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.

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Stewardship: The Never-Ending Campaign

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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.

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Eating On Just $7 a Day: Hunger Action Week at Collins

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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.

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Board-Centered Fundraising 1-2-3

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Don’t limit your donor-centered approach to just donors – think board-centered.

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Burning Your Boats In Search of Better Development

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“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.

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Higher Ed Fundraising Forecast: Bigness Looms

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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.

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Understanding the New 2013 HIPAA Healthcare Privacy Rules

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The new guidelines (called Final Rule) clarify some of the previous regulations that will allow development professionals working in healthcare-related philanthropy to better communicate and engage with potential donors.

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Bank of America High Net Worth Household Survey Summary

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Every year, Bank of America conducts a survey of the philanthropic habits of America’s wealthiest households (about 700 households of a net worth of $1 million or more and/or an annual household income of $200,000 were surveyed this year).

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