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Giving Tuesday? Yes, and…give it some thought.
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 28, 2012 | No Comment
Giving Tuesday? Yes, and…give it some thought.

I join many other observers of the philanthropic community in applauding the concept of Giving Tuesday, seeking to shine as bright a light on charitable giving as we have become accustomed to seeing – endlessly …

No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair
By Lilya Wagner on May 30, 2012 | No Comment
No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair

As a fundraising professional one of the only assets you truly have is your reputation.  So what would you do if you learned that your married boss, the chief development officer (CDO), was having an …

Full Speed Ahead! Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations
By Lilya Wagner on January 24, 2012 | No Comment
Full Speed Ahead!  Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations

Lilya Wagner continues, in this column with Patrice Hieb, her series on handling fundraisers’ leadership nightmares.

Fundraisers’ Nightmares: More Tips on the Boss Who Doesn’t Understand Your Job
By Lilya Wagner on December 7, 2011 | No Comment
Fundraisers’ Nightmares: More Tips on the Boss Who Doesn’t Understand Your Job

This is the concluding installment on the recent column that advised fundraisers on dealing with executives who don’t really understand what it is that development professionals do. On this topic, I’ve asked colleagues to help …

5 Ways to Maximize Your Grant Funding
By Joan Benson on November 15, 2011 | No Comment
5 Ways to Maximize Your Grant Funding

It’s a challenging time for nonprofit organizations. There is more need in every community, but less overall funding to help organizations deliver programs. A majority of nonprofit leaders anticipate greater demand for services, yet many …

“My Boss Doesn’t Understand My Job!”
By Lilya Wagner on October 28, 2011 | No Comment
“My Boss Doesn’t Understand My Job!”

Leadership Nightmares and How To Wake Up From Them
Is there anyone of us fundraising professionals who has not been asked at some time in our lives, “What do you really do?”
In my case, my previous …

Financing Human Services: Philanthropy Finds a New Role
By Raissa Smorol on July 13, 2011 | No Comment
Financing Human Services: Philanthropy Finds a New Role

Following the worst economic downturn in recent history, the human services funding landscape is shifting. For those organizations largely dependent on government support, the situation can be difficult as local municipalities, states and the Federal …

Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them
By Lilya Wagner on May 25, 2011 | One Comment
Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them

John is chief development officer of a medical school foundation.  The CEO of the foundation and CFO have met and discussed the budget, and he expected to be consulted about the amount of money he …

Government and Philanthropy: Team of Rivals?
By Susan Carey Dempsey on April 27, 2011 | No Comment
Government and Philanthropy: Team of Rivals?

From Egypt to Wisconsin, in the streets and on smart phones, observed Tom Watson, activists are finding their voices and finding their fellow citizens. At a panel discussion on Government and Philanthropy at NYU’s Heyman …

Nonprofits Invited to Connect to New Funding Resource
By Susan Carey Dempsey on March 8, 2011 | No Comment
Nonprofits Invited to Connect to New Funding Resource

A new channel has recently become available for nonprofits to streamline their search for foundation funding. Developed by the firm  Foundation Source, which provides support services for nearly 1,000 private foundations, the network is known …

New Blackbaud Charity Index Shows Growth in Giving
By Tom Watson on June 15, 2010 | 2 Comments
New Blackbaud Charity Index Shows Growth in Giving

Will an index replace an estimate? That may be the question with the release of Blackbaud’s new Index of Charitable Giving, hot on the heels of this year’s Giving USA estimate of charitable giving in …

Philanthropic Response to Gulf Oil Disaster: Is It Enough? (Updated)
By Tom Watson on June 1, 2010 | 3 Comments
Philanthropic Response to Gulf  Oil Disaster: Is It Enough? (Updated)

While the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues amidst growing anger at British Petroleum – and the Federal government’s inability to force a resolution to the disaster – nonprofit organizations have shifted …

Avoiding The ‘Quick Fix’ Syndrome in Development
By Lilya Wagner on May 6, 2010 | One Comment
Avoiding The ‘Quick Fix’ Syndrome in Development

Patrick often conducted workshops or training sessions for various types of practitioners.  He did this as part of his affiliation with an educational institution and also as a consultant.  This was an …

News Briefing: Small Fund-Raisers for Victims Start to Add Up
By Kate Golden on February 12, 2010 | No Comment

Much of the money raised for Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake has not yet been spent.  [ABC News]

Thousands of tiny fundraisers to gather donations for Haiti are taking place in bars, schools, and …

CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity
By Tom Watson on January 12, 2010 | No Comment
CauseWired Alaskans Pick, Click and Give to Charity

Socially-conscious social media is working up north: Alaskans have taken to the Pick. Click. Give. campaign, which is leveraging platforms from Facebook and Twitter to YouTube and Causecast to draw attention to and explain the …

News Briefing: For Shanghai Fair, Famous Fund-Raiser Delivers
By Kate Golden on January 4, 2010 | No Comment

Hillary Clinton raises $54 million in nine months for the U.S. pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010.  [New York Times]

Some medical marijuana millionaires turn to philanthropy.  [New York Times]

Ruth Lilly, a philanthropist who gave away …

News Briefing: Civil Liberties Group Loses $20 Million Donor
By Kate Golden on December 9, 2009 | No Comment

A longtime anonymous donor to the A.C.L.U. has withdrawn his annual gift of more than $20 million, creating a 25% hole in its annual operating budget.  [New York Times]

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation announces a new …

News Briefing: Grassley Asks Medical Nonprofits About Financial Support
By Kate Golden on December 8, 2009 | No Comment

Only 41 cents of every dollar raised by professional charity solicitors in Massachusetts last year went to charitites.  [Boston Globe]

Vittana, a nonprofit organization, is building a student loan business for microfinance institutions that cater to …

News Briefing: Gates Donates $335 Million to Schools
By Kate Golden on November 23, 2009 | No Comment

The Gates Foundation announces a $335 million investment in teacher effectiveness, with major grants for experiments in tenure, evaluation, compensation, training, and mentoring.  [Boston Globe]

President Obama announces an Educate to Innovate campaign, whose purpose is …

News Briefing: American Charities May Not Have a Happy Holiday
By Kate Golden on November 16, 2009 | No Comment

Only 38 percent of Americans say they are more likely to give a charitable gift as a holiday present this year, compared to 49 percent last year, according to a new survey.  [Associated Press]

Consultants hired …

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