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  • 5 ideas for new name/donor prospecting

    By The NonProfit Times — October 27, 2015

    The double whammy faced by fundraisers these days is a daunting one: shrinking active donor files and shrinking prospecting budgets.

  • Forget the Boomers – for now

    By The NonProfit Times — October 27, 2015

    Ah, the Baby Boomers, those many, many, children born within the 20 years after the end of World War II, when those members of the Greatest Generation who served their country through the cataclysm returned home and started families.

  • 3 trends to watch in healthcare philanthropy

    By The NonProfit Times — October 26, 2015

    How would your fundraising efforts change if you could see into the future? Though not armed with a crystal ball, James M. Dale, vice president of development at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation in Pomona, Calif., and Thom J. Sloan, executive director of the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute in Beaverton, Ore., identified three trends to look for during their workshop “The Intersection of Philanthropy, Marketing and Business Development” at the recent Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Conference.

  • 4 challenges for disaster response and fundraising

    By The NonProfit Times — October 26, 2015

    Just as a disaster requires a rapid response from people providing medical services, so does disaster require rapid response from nonprofits that provide disaster relief.

  • 10 fundamentals for risk reporting

    By The NonProfit Times — October 26, 2015

    When considering organizational risk, nonprofit leaders are tasked with looking forward while also tracing the past. With a sound perspective of the past important to informing the future, risk reporting becomes a valuable tool for organizations.

  • 11 common risks hiding in plain sight

    By The NonProfit Times — October 22, 2015

    When constantly scanning for potential risk at every turn, it is sometimes easy to miss the ones right under your nose.

  • 8 ways of avoiding stewardship mistakes

    By The NonProfit Times — October 22, 2015

    After putting in a good deal of effort to identify and engage donors, the last thing fundraisers need is to miss out on continued giving opportunities due to stewardship slip ups.

  • Night of the living IRS review

    By The NonProfit Times — October 22, 2015

    Like an attack of zombies, an examination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be handled best if the organization has an idea of what is coming. This does not mean that anyone at a nonprofit should take the same steps as one would take to deal with zombies.

  • Fundraisers barely lasting a year

    By The NonProfit Times — October 20, 2015

    The average tenure of a major gifts officer in the philanthropic sector is 16 months, according to the Philanthropy Leadership Council. With the expense in time, money and missed opportunity associated with turnover, organizations have a number of reasons for wanting to keep quality officers onboard.

  • Tax considerations with charitable gift annuity

    By The NonProfit Times — October 20, 2015

    Even when people want to help nonprofits do the good work they do, both the donor and recipient can encounter complications with taxes. This is especially true when the donation is not just cash but something more complicated, such as a charitable gift annuity (CGA).

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