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Fires, Floods, Pestilence Fuel UW Revenue Spike...

Emergency relief funding in response to wildfires, hurricanes and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all factored in some way to a spike in contributions to United Way affiliates around the United States in the past year. The 352 affiliates that reported contributions of at least $1 million to United Way Worldwide in 2019-20 totaled $3.082 […]

Donors Check Watchdogs, So They Think...

Donors might not be intimately familiar with individual charity watchdogs but as many as 36 million donors use the organizations at least sometimes before making a donation, according to a recent survey. The study also shows they really might not know the difference. Authors of “Charity Watchdogs: Ignore them at your own risk,” a 10-page […]

Bequests Don’t Track With Donors’ Recent Giving...

If you’re communicating with your older donors about charitable estate gifts based upon the recency of their donation, your nonprofit could be doing it exactly the wrong way. That’s the warning from Russell James, a professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He discussed his research on […]

Study Shows 75 Is The Magic Number For Bequests...

The propensity for people to make gifts to charity typically goes up with age until right around age 75, then drops each year with age. That’s the case unless the person includes charity in a will document. Then their propensity to make gifts of $1,000 or more actually goes up significantly after they’ve designated a […]

Research Shows Donors’ 10 Estate Giving Characteristics...

Gender and childlessness have always been among the most leading indicators for charitable gifts in estate planning but new research has identified a top 10 list of lifetime characteristics that are most important in predicting charitable transfers. Russell James, a professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, […]

Fatal Donor Presentation Mistakes, Remedies...

The average presentation runs approximately 20 minutes. The average presentation seems to run forever. With just 24 percent featuring interaction between the speaker and audience (beyond traditional Q&A), and a dismal 8 percent of presenters asking the audience members to interact with each other, maybe the term should be changed from “presentation” to the more […]

Richest Americans Not Maxing-Out Giving...

Only 10 members of the Forbes 400 reached a maximum philanthropy score of 5 based on a lifetime of giving, donating one-fifth or more of their net worth to charities, according to the latest annual list of the world’s wealthiest individuals.  The 10 are former hedge fund manager John Arnold, home builder and insurance magnate […]

Home’s Sale To Bring Millions For Doris Day Animal Foundation...

A big hit for singer and actress Doris Day was the song “Whatever Will Be, Will Be.” However, she didn’t leave anything to chance when it comes to protecting animals. Millions of dollars in proceeds from the sale of her Monterey, Calif., home, listed recently for $7.4 million, will go to the Doris Day Animal […]

You Really Need A Gift Acceptance Policy...

A board-adopted gift acceptance policy is one of the most important aspects of any major gifts program, according to Laura Fredricks, author of “The Ask: How to Ask Anyone for Any Amount for any Purpose.” Regardless of the size of your organization, Fredericks insists that a gift acceptance policy is a must. “It never ceases […]

COVID Giving Beats Most Other Disasters...

Almost $12 billion was awarded for COVID-19 relief globally during the first half of 2020, according to a new report from the Center on Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). The giving in response to COVID-19 is nearly 13 times the collective $974 million in funding to recent disasters over a period of the first six months, dating […]