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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.3 million grant to Wayne State University to launch the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), a groundbreaking new initiative through which nonprofit organizations working in the areas of racial equity, health care, education, food security, safety and housing will address issues of structural racism in Detroit. Housed within the [...]

Oh, the things we now know about online fundraising. For example, did you know that… Online acquired donors give twice as much to your organization as those acquired off line via channels like direct mail? (Blackbaud/Convio study) Donors who give online have much higher household incomes than those who don’t give online? (Blackbaud/Convio study) Social … Continue reading

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced a $50 million gift from Jim and Marilyn Simons to establish the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology. The Center will support research and education programs at one of the world’s leading independent biomedical research institutions, a birthplace of molecular biology and one of the first institutions in the [...]

Marsha and Gary Bertrand were raised in a modest, small Illinois farming community of 1,400 people.  Today, the Austin, Texas, couple is committed to supporting young people in similar circumstances through gifts to their alma maters. “Education has been essential in our lives.  Neither one of us could have accomplished our career goals without it,” [...]

Since many fundraising analysts work in the higher education sector, I thought that this article comparing the upcoming disruption in higher education to the recent disruption of the music industry was worth sharing. I learned of this article from a … Continue reading

One in eight American donors has participated in a giving circle—nearly half of them under the age of 40—and participation in a giving circle can both strengthen communal identity and expand philanthropic reach. These are some of the findings of the newly issued report Connected to Give: Community Circles, which combines quantitative and qualitative data to [...]

Moving Beyond Internal Business Process to Better Understand Talent Analytics and the External Environment   Fundraising analytics professionals are increasingly applying analytics to organizational issues that go beyond the basic fundraising business process of donor prospecting and segmenting. This is a key finding of Bentz Whaley Flessner’s DonorCast practice’s recently completed annual fundraising analytics survey. [...]

Today, the Walmart Foundation announces the start of a summer-long initiative to help children and families gain access to nutritious meals and learn healthy-eating habits. The family-focused initiative includes $15 million in grants that will provide meals and nutrition education to 1.4 million children and families in more than 1,500 communities. The six nonprofit organizations set to [...]

Three years after giving $17 million to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Char and Chuck Fowler have pledged $6.7 million to Case Western Reserve University for research efforts to find treatments and cures for adolescent and young adult cancers. The Fowlers’ gift, announced Monday, also has inspired an anonymous $5 million gift to support the Angie Fowler [...]

I know that talent management is a critical component of development success. This article  from CASE Currents highlights just why. Written by Peter Hayashida (VC for Advancement at UC Riverside) this essay describes the great challenge of turnover in the development field.  Hayashida makes many good points, including: That leads me to an important point about … Continue reading