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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 …

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Donors
By Susan Carey Dempsey on November 1, 2010 | 2 Comments
Winning the Hearts and Minds of Donors

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With nonprofits looking at the crucial giving season in the last quarter of a very difficult year, fundraisers are keenly appraising what motivates donors, especially that top of the pyramid group …

Turning Fundraising Nightmares Into Dreams
By Benjamin T. Mohler on June 29, 2010 | One Comment
Turning Fundraising Nightmares Into Dreams

Susan wasn’t new to the role of development director. Unfortunately while in this role for the past four years she saw her job expectations increase, the resources did not. When she joined the staff of …

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 …

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 …

Effective Telephone Fundraising: the Ultimate Guide to Raising More Money
By Susan Carey Dempsey on April 15, 2010 | No Comment
Effective Telephone Fundraising: the Ultimate Guide to Raising More Money

 I’m no more fond than most people of being solicited by phone at home, but I must confess that certain callers do keep me on the line longer and a really effective one will succeed …

Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge: A Non-Technical Guide
By Susan Carey Dempsey on April 15, 2010 | One Comment
Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge: A Non-Technical Guide

This book is just what it says, a helpful tool with supportive guides for the average fundraiser who is not necessarily the IT person on the team. Author Bill Connors, not surprisingly, has several years …

New Roth IRAs Rules and Charitable Giving – Opportunities?
By Jonathan Gudema Esq. on April 15, 2010 | One Comment

The fundraising world has to take notice when new laws impact trillions (yes, trillions) of dollars of the savings of potential donors.
This is exactly the situation with the new 2010 Roth IRA Conversion rules.
Taking a …

The Stacked Fundraising Deck: What Are the Warning Signs?
By Lilya Wagner on February 2, 2010 | 2 Comments
The Stacked Fundraising Deck: What Are the Warning Signs?

Was the fundraising program in danger of being downsized? Was he not needed anymore? Normally an upbeat person, David couldn’t fight the dejection and depression that hit him, and hard. Clearly, he was being marginalized. Maybe it was time to bow out rather than fight unworkable situations.

A Small Guide to Large Gifts: How to Attract Major Donors
By Buzz Harris on April 2, 2009 | No Comment
A Small Guide to Large Gifts: How to Attract Major Donors

Minor office drama can illustrate fundamental truths about fundraising. You’ve lost your stapler. Again. If you email folks in the surrounding cubes, odds are good that several of them will offer a loaner.

Fundraising: Smoke Alarm, Fire Escape, or Security Blanket? – Part 2
By Tom Watson on March 27, 2009 | One Comment

Joe thought he had approached his new job carefully. He weighed each of the points that seemed mildly alarming or of serious concern, considering whether these presented routine challenges in fundraising, or if they were cause for alarm. Remembering what his mentor had told him about “smoke alarm” situations–the warning signs of a no-win job, of challenging or impossible situations camouflaged as opportunities–he didn’t rush into the job but took his time in discovering as much as he could about what he would face if he accepted the position.

Golf as a Fundraising Tool: Ten Important Pointers
By Elisa Gaudet on June 18, 2008 | No Comment

Every summer, Board members, Executive Directors, and major gift prospects hit golf courses across the country in support of their nonprofits of choice. Some events will be more successful than others. How to ensure that your nonprofit’s event will be fun and profitable? Read on!

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