Donors increasingly want to engage with our organizations in multiple ways. Though development officers may be the main point of contact with supporters, we will develop stronger partnerships if we bring others from within our organization into these relationships. CEO’s and other senior administrators usually expect to be active in advancement. But there are many more resources throughout our organizations who can play a powerful role with donors.
Have you ever had that feeling of “Oh no… we should have taken advantage of that opportunity for our nonprofit?” Well, this post is to serve as a friendly reminder that National Philanthropy Day is exactly six months away*. If you haven’t planned anything yet, put aside a few hours this week to do so. It’s a great opportunity to thank and solicit donors and volunteers. That
Whether you are planning your first campaign, your 50th or any place in between, knowing the right questions to ask of your data is critical to your fundraising campaign planning and achievement. What campaign goal is feasible? How do we measure our organization’s capacity (both internal and external)? How do you answer those questions to get you moving on the path to success? Here are just a few questions that are often asked and tools that can help get you to the answers you need.
I've had the good fortune to provide fundraising consulting to a variety of organizations where the advancement team was nothing short of superb. In fact, many of these institutions embrace “fundraising best practices” and implement them with great effect.
The recent April 2013 CASE Currents article, “Culture of Philanthropy, The Common Thread,” by Gale Bennett is an insightful and valuable piece that is sure to stimulate important discussions at our schools, colleges and universities. It brought to mind similar thoughts crafted by Chuck Sizemore, a former colleague at Marts & Lundy about 10-12 years ago.
In the study just released by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC), nearly 1,200 charitable organizations responded to a survey asking about changes in donations received via various fundraising methods. Nearly one in six (58 percent) of those surveyed raised more money in 2012 than in 2011.
This is good news, of course. But the survey also seeks to get at some of the possible correlations between fundraising strategies and, in this case, an increase in funds raised. This is, perhaps, where we find one of the survey’s most important takeaways.
A number of years ago, when I was flying from Providence, Rhode Island, to Missoula, Montana, I read an article in the airline magazine about hiring decisions and the importance of knowing whether you are looking for a “pirate captain” or a “bursar.” The crux of the article was to suggest that these two important positions in maritime management served separate functions, and the person who could take risks like a pirate captain was not the same person who would see to accurate accountancy like a bursar.
This week’s release of the 2012 CAE fundraising totals for higher education is cause for celebration across nearly all sectors. While much of the attention has been focused on Stanford’s remarkable achievement of $1 billion in a single year, the news from CAE carries much more of interest.
On January 17, the long awaited “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Notifications Rules” were published in the Federal Register. At first blush, it appears that these changes may streamline some of the rather awkward protocols with which healthcare development officers have been dealing for years.
It is the time of year when it feels right to pause for a look back at the months behind us. Yet even as we try to learn from hindsight, it is hard not to look forward, especially with all the uncertainty that surrounds philanthropy today. I am going to resist that temptation at present, because my colleagues and I will be sharing our thoughts early in the New Year on what we believe 2013 may hold for philanthropy and the non-profit world.