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Archive for the ‘Major Gifts’ Category

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Early Returns: Giving increased again in 2015

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We often get asked, “What changes are you seeing in giving in the Northwest?” Behind the question is inevitably a concern regarding how global economic uncertainty, national issues spotlighted in […]

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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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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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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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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 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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Trend Watch: Northwest nonprofits receiving biggest gifts ever

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This is an exciting season for investing in the Northwest. Headlines from business journals in Seattle, Portland, and other cities confirm confidence in the economy. Real estate values are back […]

Categories / General / Major Gifts / Trends
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6 Signs Your Major Gifts Fundraising is On Track

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A successful and sustainable major gifts program: that’s just about every nonprofit’s goal. Then why is it that some programs thrive, while others never get off the ground? Here are […]

Categories / Boards / General / Major Gifts
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Popsicle Eating and Major Donor Discovery

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One of my simple summer pleasures as a kid was eating those popsicles with the silly riddle on the stick. In honor of summer, here’s my cheesy fundraising popsicle joke […]

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