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Seven out of 10 nonprofits expect donations to increase this year, and 13 percent expect their gains to be substantial—growing by at least 15 percent, according to a survey of 538 charities to be released this week. Charities say they are optimistic because 2013 was stronger than any other year since the recession started. Sixty-two percent of [...]

A strong stock market helped boost the assets last year of the Gates, Hewlett, and other big foundations to their highest levels since the Great Recession gutted endowments six years ago, according to a new Chronicle survey. Yet grant makers still aren’t as well off as they were before the downturn, and that continues to put a [...]

Facebook ads, email, targeted content marketing …with the help of technology, we practically have the ability to know our donors better than themselves. Smart nonprofits will (responsibly and tactfully) use that information to create a personalized donor experience that delivers exactly what our supporters are looking for when they’re online. This leads to more satisfied … Continue reading

We’ve spent time talking about talent, what makes good fundraisers, what to look for in incentive structures, and the role of titling. Talent management, especially in a sector as competitive as development, is a complex process, but almost every element related to this array of challenges can be boiled down to one of three fundamental … Continue reading

We’ve spent time talking about talent, what makes good fundraisers, what to look for in incentive structures, and the role of titling. Talent management, especially in a sector as competitive as development, is a complex process, but almost every element related to this array of challenges can be boiled down to one of three fundamental … Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg was recently heralded for giving the biggest single charitable gift of 2013, but the Facebook founder isn’t actually the most generous tech leader out there. In fact, the tech moguls you recognize most didn’t top the list at all. Every year, The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks the biggest American givers based on the monetary [...]

Eleven years ago after U.S. forces thundered into Iraq at the start of a war that would last nearly nine years, the chairman of Starbucks is announcing a $30 million gift to help war vets. Howard Schultz told CBS News he fears that with the wind-down of Afghanistan, some Americans may forget too quickly about the [...]

Established museums like the Smithsonian Institution are increasingly turning to crowdfunding appeals to help pay for exhibits and programs that tight budgets might otherwise preclude. Individual artists have been soliciting donations from the public for years, using Internet fund-raising platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Razoo to defray the costs of producing their work. Museums, long [...]

Tax Season: Best Practices for Receipting and Acknowledging Donors  April 15 is just around the corner, and donors are wrapping up their income tax returns. For many, this will mean itemized deductions for charitable contributions to your organization. Donors were a crucial part of your organization’s success last year, so what can you do now [...]

The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that Anne and Michael Towbes have made a $5 million irrevocable planned gift to the organization’s Alhambra Society — a planned giving group dedicated to providing for the future growth of SBCPA’s endowment. This generous gift is in addition to their prior gifts to date [...]