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Giving to the Arts Holds Steady

The arrival of new data from Giving USA each year is an always an important moment for those of us who rely on philanthropic revenue to build and sustain our organizations. It's a time when those who study charitable giving draw conclusions based on how much was given last year, from whom, and what cultural [...]

Giving USA 2019 Results – Giving Reaches Record-Breaking High, But Not Everyone Benefited

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 [...]

A Transformative Gift to Name the College of Textiles at NC State

Colleges and universities strive to identify that donor who will be so passionate about the mission that he or she is inspired to provide a transformative gift.   Some universities refer to these benevolent individuals as unicorn donors, an apt name, as they may be as rare as, or perhaps as elusive as the [...]

Saving Sweet Briar: “Whatever it takes.”

“People seem to think we went above and beyond the call of duty for Sweet Briar but really, one of our core values at Alexander Haas is to do whatever it takes to make our clients successful.” Whatever it takes. Sweet Briar College, a women’s liberal arts college founded in 1901, was at risk of [...]

Embracing Diversity in Today’s Fundraising World

Among the most pressing and relevant issues faced by museums and performing arts organizations today is the diversification of their leadership, staff and audiences.   This has long been an important topic in the field, but the dialogue around these issues has taken on new significance in recent years.  While attention is most often paid [...]

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 |2019-01-27T15:56:26-04:00January 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 |2019-01-07T21:58:18-04:00January 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 [...]