Do you feel like giving was up last year? Do you feel like it was down? Well, either way you could be right. According to the findings of Giving USA, 2018 was an uneven year for philanthropy, with some subsectors experiencing significant increases, while others saw significant decreases. It was also a year that saw… Read more »
Before Jack Welch retired, he was quoted as saying, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” The start of a New Year is the perfect opportunity for nonprofit leaders to vision cast (or recast) for their staff, volunteers, and donors. Without a vision… Read more »
As you strategize and think through what 2019 will look like for your nonprofit organization, I encourage you to avoid making these four common mistakes. You can think of them are New Years Resolutions or just good advice from a fundraising consultant who’s been helping nonprofits succeed for nearly 30 years. DON’T Over-solicit We recently… Read more »
Even before New Year’s Day, 2018 looked set up to be quite a year. It started off with the implementation of some significant tax law changes that had the potential to really impact the nonprofit sector including the increase in the standard deduction and anticipated “gift bundling” that may result. In 2018 the U.S. celebrated… Read more »
I’m fascinated by the changing trends in philanthropy, particularly as it relates to innovation. Every day we are introduced to some new technology that promises to encourage our well-being up the positive vector. Maybe you’re wondering, Why am I reading about technology and innovation in a Philanthropy blog—stay with me. This past summer I was… Read more »
Many nonprofits rely on year-end campaigns to fund their organization. While some tried and true strategies exist, 2018 will have a twist that nonprofit organizations need to plan for as they establish their end-of-year giving campaigns. 1. Setting a Specific Goal Every fundraising campaign your nonprofit engages in should have a clear, realistic goal attached… Read more »
#GivingTuesday continues to grow in popularity and impact in a way your nonprofit cannot afford to miss out on. Last year alone, #GivingTuesday raised over $300 million online for charities with an average gift exceeding $120, marking a 64% growth in funds raised from 2016. This year’s #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018, kicks off what many… Read more »
Since December 2017, the nonprofit sector has been buzzing with speculation about how the increase in the standard deduction, resulting in a decrease in the number of people who itemize their taxes from 30% of the population down to 10%, will impact charitable giving. The prediction by economists is that people who do not itemize… Read more »
One of my favorite expressions is, “There is no such thing as standing still; you are either moving forward or backward.” We may feel as though we are standing still, but things are constantly shifting around us.
Many of us came up in a world of fundraising where we talked about the pyramid of giving. This was the concept that most nonprofit constituencies resemble a pyramid when you stack the number of donors at each giving level. A great deal of traditional fundraising theory and strategy is based on this concept. That is all well and good if your donor base is a classic pyramid. But, what if it’s not?