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Wide Divide Between Donors, Event Planners...

Planners want donors to have a great experience at events but donors want content about impact that has been achieved by the organization. In fact, there is a 34-point spread between what donors desire and what event planners crave to provide. It also appears that donors want an opportunity to bring guests to the event […]

New York Still Tops In Fidelity Geography Study...

New York City may provide the most grant dollars overall but other cities give a larger percentage to different charitable sectors, according to an analysis of grants recommended by Fidelity Charitable Giving account holders. In its Geography of Giving report, the Boston, Mass.-based donor-advised fund analyzed how donors in 30 metropolitan cities give to eight […]

Inspire Donors With Calls To Action...

Whether it’s a military general or football coach, there comes the point in many classic movies where the favored side is down to its last shot and is in need of a rousing jolt before rebounding to victory. Some might think of scenes that were so moving that they left the theater motivated to take […]

Donors Pedal To $63 Million Dana-Farber Gift...

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute received its largest financial gift ever, $63 million, from the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). The PMC is the nation’s most successful single-event athletic fundraiser and donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar to the Boston, Mass.-based cancer institute. The PMC is the largest single contributor to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, accounting for […]

Major Donors – Who Needs The Headache?...

You have to ask yourself if you really want to be on the major gifts highway because it isn’t an easy road. It’s not just about larger gifts. Success requires an institutional commitment and it must be supported differently than other strategies. According to Schuyler Lehman, founder and CEO at MissionAdvancement.com in McKinney, Texas, you […]

6 Steps To Starting A Donor Recognition Club...

Many donors want to feel they are special in the eyes of the charities they support and thus are happy to be part of an exclusive club. In her book “Effective Donor Relations,” Janet L. Hedrick offered advice about starting a recognition gift club. They can be set up by constituency or specific interest, type […]

Moore College Lands Its Single Largest Gift...

The Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, Pa., received the largest donation in its 170-year history. The $5-million gift from New York artist Jane Walentas and her husband, David, will fund scholarships for artists at the nation’s first and only visual art and design school for undergraduate women. The scholarships will be part […]

Donors Opting To Pay Fees...

Donors seem to love the idea of 100 percent of their donation going to their charity of choice. Some even go so far as to tack on a few dollars to their gift to cover the processing and transaction fees associated with the donation. “It’s an indicator of their sort of the love for the […]

Female Donors Give More To Women’s, Girls’ Causes...

Female donors to women’s foundations and funds give more than general donors, have been giving to those causes for a longer period of time, and do more than just write checks, according to a new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Those […]

The Ultimate Formula...

Stories push donors to react to needs and ideas People as we know them today appeared around 200,000 BC. We have lived in small communities, bands, and tribes for most of our history. We communicated verbally and conveyed our stored wisdom to new generations through stories. Telling and listening to stories is deeply ingrained. The […]