Higher education fundraising strategies: alumni engagement is more important than alumni participation.
By: David Shufflebarger MINDING MILLENIALS I have the impression that a lot of folks over 35 are dismissive of millennials, putting them out of their mind because of some preconceived notions such as ‘entitled, unreliable, or glued to their screens.’ Thus I was struck by this confluence of headlines over a couple of weeks inRead More Minding Millenials
By: Judy Anderson, Project Director My early career in fundraising was as a grant writer – I was comfortable there using my skills to clearly communicate the mission, goals, programs and needs of my organization. Then one day, my executive director was double-booked for a meeting with a board member and a presentation to theRead More Toastmasters: Expanding Your Development Horizons
By: Jarrad Howard, Campaign Strategy Studies Coordinator Your most important resource – whether you work for a nonprofit organization or a for-profit company – is your time. Time is the finite resource that is used to accomplish anything and everything. Also, it’s the one resource that will be used and will pass regardless of whetherRead More Get More Done! 3 Steps to Exponentially Increase Your Productivity
By Katie MacKenzie, Project Coordinator Volunteers are vital to every non-profit organization. We rely on them to help us do everything from volunteering a few hours of their time, to helping with a project, to assisting us in raising money during annual, capital or stewardship campaigns. We also rely on them to spread their driveRead More Going, Going, Gone!! What to do with a Runaway Volunteer
It happened to me again yesterday in a meeting. I had traveled to another city conduct a Campaign Strategy Study with a young couple. Before even sitting down in their living room, I was quizzing the couple about their professional backgrounds, their connection to the organization – warm up questions – when I happened to mentionRead More Six Degrees of Fundraising
As fundraising consultants, we get the privilege of interviewing top donors all over the country. One of the issues that pops up constantly is the poor communication between non-profits and donors. Often, I will hear from donors that the staff of the non-profit had never talked to them about a specific issue, or I hearRead More Communication is Key – Just Ask What you Want to Know!
Philanthropy to global causes has grown faster than any other non-profit sector. If you immediately think of natural disasters as the reason for this increase, you are partly correct. The 2004 Asian Tsunami and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti were experienced and witnessed all over the world. Technology has collapsed the distances of world events into ourRead More Global Giving