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The Power of the Nudge

Here at the end of January, nonprofits across the spectrum are analyzing the results of year-end giving campaigns, looking for the trends that will help set priorities and metrics for 2019. A recent online article on behavioral economics may provide a new perspective. In the online quarterly magazine, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, authors Dean [...]

By |2019-01-27T15:56:26+00:00January 29th, 2019|Data Management, Fundraising Blog, Fundraising Research|0 Comments

Boosting Morale is Simple but Not Easy

In every organization, people are undoubtedly the most important resource. The energy of a happy, healthy work environment can serve as a great recruitment and retention tool, as well as improve overall productivity and creativity. Conversely, low morale can zap the energy and productivity out of a team. In the world of advancement, we often [...]

Four Do’s and Don’ts for Nonprofit Success in 2019

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 [...]

Team Member Spotlight: Heather Pennington

Meet Alexander Haas Project Coordinator, Heather Pennington! As Project Coordinator, Heather supports each aspect of client projects and ensures that communication flows between Partners and clients. She also provides administrative support for firm projects and tasks associated with client services, non-client tasks, and professional activities. In this Team Member Spotlight, Heather shares what brought her [...]

By |2019-01-07T21:58:18+00:00January 8th, 2019|Fundraising Blog|0 Comments

It’s All About Data Security – Or Lack Of

In the span of just one month we have learned of two massive data security breaches at Starwood and Quora affecting 600,000,000 or more individuals – many of whom are own staff members. Are you next? Based on our visits to client sites around the country, you are probably in decent shape as long as [...]

3 Keys to Nonprofit Financial Resilience

Last month, the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) wrote about an interesting study conducted by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in coordination with Fiscal Management Associates (FMA), which works with organizations around issues of capacity building. The subject was how to help nonprofits achieve and maintain financial stability.  Year in and year out, this [...]

Healthcare Philanthropy is Evolving Away from Hospitals

The healthcare industry is changing dramatically. Traditionally, funds were raised to build large hospital buildings, acquire specialized equipment, and ensure proper and enhanced staffing with the expectation that everyone would eventually come to the hospital to receive care. With rapidly emerging technology, increased access, and sweeping changes to healthcare costs reimbursement models, healthcare institutions recognize [...]

By |2018-12-11T11:40:17+00:00December 11th, 2018|Fundraising Blog, Fundraising Trends|0 Comments

No Good Gift Goes Unpunished

Not 24 hours after the announcement of the world’s largest gift to higher education, there were those eager to criticize it. “Wait, Is Bloomberg’s $1.8-Billion Donation to Johns Hopkins a Good Thing?” screamed the headline in the November 20th issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Michael R. Bloomberg’s gift will enable the University [...]

Alexander Haas 2018 Year in Review

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 [...]

What Do Donors Want?

Penelope Burk’s second edition of Donor-Centered Fundraising was released this fall, coincidentally, the same year that Crazy Rich Asians, a movie based on the book by Kevin Kwan, hit the big screen.  Burk quotes from Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else by Chrystia Freeland that in 1975, the [...]