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 willRead More A Modern Day Fundraising Dilemma
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 mythicalRead More A Transformative Gift to Name the College of Textiles at NC State
Asking for money before engaging the donor. Engage in a sincere and meaningful conversation with your top donors before asking for anything. Remember that asking for a gift is only one step in the “development process” and it usually is not the first step. You need to “develop” the relationship first and find the sharedRead More 7 Sins that Kill Your Fundraising Efforts
“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 ofRead More Saving Sweet Briar: “Whatever it takes.”
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 recentlyRead More Four Do’s and Don’ts for Nonprofit Success in 2019
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 ofRead More What Donors Really Want featuring Greg Warner
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, theRead More What Do Donors Want?
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 whiteRead More Managing Donor Expectations vs. IRS Compliance
Steve MacLaughlin, Director of the Idea Lab at Blackbaud, spoke about the importance of donor retention as we continue to navigate the “new normal” of the post-Great Recession economic world, during a recent online discussion at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Go here to read the transcript of the insightful discussion..