Tag: donors

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 »

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… Read more »

Hard Times, Hard Decisions: 7 Things Small and Midsize Charities Should Do When a Recession Looms

By Drew Lindsay With recession warnings routinely flashing, Steve Zimmerman offers a cautionary tale from the last downturn. The co-author of a book on nonprofit sustainability, the Milwaukee-based consultant says he works with a group that launched a capital campaign in 2007, before the Great Recession hit in force. Construction began in 2008, but then the stock market… Read more »

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 to… Read more »

3 Ways to the Most of #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday continues to grow in popularity and impact in a way your nonprofit cannot afford to miss out on. Last year alone, #GivingTuesday raised over $300 million online for charities with an average gift exceeding $120, marking a 64% growth in funds raised from 2016. This year’s #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018, kicks off what many… Read more »

Reflection of Henri Nouwen

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” — Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life.