Category: Donor Management

A Modern Day Fundraising Dilemma

Reviewing the ethical statements now required to be accepted when renewing my Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status last month, I was particularly struck by the following points in the International Statement of the Ethical Principles of Fundraising: Fundraisers will always respect the free choice of all individuals to give donations or not. Fundraisers will… Read more »

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 mythical… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

What Donors Really Want featuring Greg Warner

Author, CEO and Founder of MarketSmart Greg Warner joins Alexander Haas President and CEO David King to share tips for fostering donor relationships by giving them what they really want. He says, “If you work through the process correctly, you don’t even have to ask donors for a gift.”    Catch a new episode of… Read more »

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… Read more »

Managing Donor Expectations vs. IRS Compliance

In the latest issue of our newsletter, Alexander Haas Of Counsel John Taylor gives an in-depth report on giving through Family Foundations (FF) and Donor Advised Funds. Of particular interest, he notes there is the issue of who can legally make a pledge and who can legally pay it off. Go here to read his white… Read more »