Fundraising in 2018: Looking Back to Move Forward

As 2019 begins, we can look back on 2018 and explore important trends that have shaped philanthropy and consider how they will affect the year ahead.  The world of giving has been shaped by at least five trends: 1. Volatile markets impact giving. December 2017 was a record giving month for many nonprofits in the […]

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The Anonymous Donor

In our recent online briefing, “The Profile of the Super Donor: Who is making the 8- and 9-figure gifts,” we touched upon the rise of the anonymous donor. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has collected data over the last decade that indicates only 3% to 5% of large gifts have historically come from […]

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Philanthropic Giving: Federal Reserve’s August Meetings and Your Fall Fundraising Efforts

On Wednesday the Federal Reserve released the minutes from their August 11 and 12 meeting. The Fed viewpoint was that the economic recovery steps had strengthened their confidence that the downturn in economic activity was ending. This end of the recession is also the dominant viewpoint in the survey of leading economists by the Wall […]

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The Delicate Balance for Case Stating in Difficult Times

Bentz Whaley Flessner urges caution in making the case for your institution based on the volatility of financial markets. In the long run, development programs will be asked to make the case for the permanent charitable capital of endowment. Communicating that current financial struggles occur because of an institution’s dependency on endowment can linger with […]

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