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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 […]

Developing A Donor Separation Strategy...

If you really want a donor, you need a separation strategy. The estrangement is not between the organization and the donor prospect but involves your organization and others with similar missions or in close proximity in a community. You need to understand your audience and how to build a relationship with people who care about […]

There Are No “Default” Donors Anymore...

The “default audience” for most nonprofits has been donors who typically are white, non-Hispanic, strongly religious females who make three small to medium gifts a year; or non-Hispanic men, who make one-time large gifts over the course of a year. The challenge for fundraisers is to consistently bring in new donors while retaining existing donors. […]

Donor Prospects Update Their LinkedIn, Not Charities...

LinkedIn was relatively new when Sree Sreenivasan last presented at Fundraising Day in New York (FRDNY) a decade ago. If you joined LinkedIn 10 years ago your boss might be worried that you’re looking for a job. “Today, your boss might be on LinkedIn and also don’t know what they’re doing,” he quipped. Sreenivasan, a […]

Giving Pledge Gets New Billionaires To Sign On...

The Giving Pledge has eclipsed 200 signees after the latest batch of philanthropists announced, which included MacKenzie Bezos, the soon-to-be ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Another 19 people have signed on to the Giving Pledge, bringing the total number to 204, according to an announcement released yesterday. The pledgers, ranging in age from 33 […]