Why I Give: The Personal History of a Citizen Historian

Data collected by the Humanities Indicators Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences shows that current public funding for the humanities through the National Endowment for the Humanities and state humanities councils approaches $175-million.

3 Ways to Keep Your Donors Coming Back

What influences donors to come back year after year to your organization? Let’s take a look at the top three reasons donors cite for giving in the “2017 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth”, and how you can use this knowledge to keep your donors loyal to your organization.

Build and Retain Your Donor Base

The Wallace Foundation has been a leader in the field of research and study of effective audience building tactics and strategies for nonprofit fundraising. Since 2002, the Fund has supported innovation in audience building through its grants to over 54 performing arts groups across the country. This year, with researcher Bob Harlow, they have published The Road toRead More Build and Retain Your Donor Base

Stewardship 10 Pointers

At Alexander Haas, we have seen and are seeing a number of examples where stewardship helps in building a culture of philanthropy. Our Managing Partner Arthur Criscillis makes the point that good stewardship involves four key components: acknowledging the gift, recognizing the donor, telling the donor how the gift was used, and engaging the donor.Read More Stewardship 10 Pointers

Different Is Good: The Alexander Haas Experience

At Alexander Haas, we work as a team.  Clients work with more than one consultant; in fact, each client has a team behind him or her working together to further the mission of the organization. 

The Ask Amount

By Nancy Peterman, Partner Best practices dictate that a solicitation includes an ask for a specific amount.  How do organizations determine the correct amount?  This is a question that is raised repeatedly in every campaign and frequently in annual giving programs with personal, face-to face solicitations.  It is also one that confounds leadership and volunteers,Read More The Ask Amount

A Modest Proposal

By David Shufflebarger, Senior Partner ‘If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less’  – Eric Shinseki, military leader The pace of change seems to be increasing dramatically, possibly because of remarkable advances in technology. How to keep up and adapt are challenges we all face, and this is especially soRead More A Modest Proposal