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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Is Your Fundraising Program a Trend Buster?

The former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill coined the phrase “All politics is local”, well perhaps one can say that “All philanthropy is local”! The GivingUSA Report serves as a valuable benchmark for everyone working in the philanthropic sector of the economy.  The impact of philanthropy will be profound over the next few […]

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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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What the Affluent Think About Giving to Healthcare: 2008 Annual Survey

Our 2008 Healthcare Survey will help prepare your development program for long-term success through: Understanding what motivates affluent donors in making gifts to healthcare organizations. Designing and implementing strategies to build relationships with affluent healthcare donors. Shaping our major gift work with affluent donors during uncertain and challenging economic times. Download your complimentary copy of […]

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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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Helping in Hard Times: Leveraging Advancement Services to Increase Productivity

The U.S economys downturn is affecting fundraising results. In times like these, perceived cost centers are sometimes slashed through staffing and budget cuts. Increasingly sophisticated nonprofits are finding, however, that such cuts to cost centers can be counterproductive. This is particularly true of advancement and development services. Smaller staff using fewer resources will yield inferior […]

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