Philanthropy Blog

10 Crowdfunding Characteristics that are Challenging Higher Education

Daniel Saftig

February 05, 2016

With direct mail, telemarketing and email yielding ever-declining fundraising results, the promise of crowdfunding is attracting the rapt attention of college and university development programs everywhere. Finally, it seems, the panacea has arrived. Crowdfunding appears to be the perfect approach for our burgeoning young alumni populations that have, until now, largely shunned the more traditional…

Posted In Annual Giving, Perspectives, Social Media

Capacity Analysis Proves Accurate In Predicting Campaign Range

December 10, 2015

Marts & Lundy’s Capacity Analysis continues to provide organizations with a predicted campaign range that tracks closely with their final performance. This is true despite the fact that many of these campaigns overlapped with the Great Recession. In this briefing, we report the campaign success of Marts & Lundy clients who employed the Capacity Analysis service by comparing…

Posted In Analytical Solutions

Emerging Practices in Board Governance

Lynne LaMarca Heinrich

December 10, 2015

November is board retreat/advance month for many of my clients, and every fall also finds me teaching the Nonprofit Boards course to 40 MBA, MPP and JD students at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Seeing the nonprofit sector through the eyes of a millennial generation that is focused – more than…

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Giving Tuesday – Can this relatively young movement help break the 2 percent ceiling?          

Willard E. White, Ph.D.

November 05, 2015

Recently, a client asked me to draft an email appeal for Giving Tuesday as we approach what’s now considered by many a fixed date on the annual fundraising calendar.  While I was aware of Giving Tuesday (I receive prompts online from favorite organizations), I was not aware of how pervasive it has become in only…

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Engaging the Next Generation in Philanthropy

September 10, 2015

If the title of my blog resonates with you, read on! In 2013, Blackbaud conducted a study of 1,000+ donors in order to understand the charitable habits of four groups: Generation Y (20-34 year olds), Generation X (35-49), Boomers (50-69) and Matures (70+).  One of the big takeaways: Gen X and Y are philanthropic. Approximately…

Posted In Volunteer Leadership & Board Management

Aspire and Plan for More Than Straight-Line Growth

Willard E. White, Ph.D.

July 30, 2015

Recently, a garden director invited me to review a special study he commissioned for his institution. I will share that the garden in question is relatively young, relatively small and very ambitious. They are embarking on a growth plan that will multiply acreage and multiply annual attendance through a series of planned expansions. The Garden had…

Posted In Strategic Planning

Compliance and Stewardship and Donor Relations

Julia S. Emlen

May 21, 2015

Close to a quarter of a century ago I began my career in fundraising as the donor report writer for scholarships at an East Coast university. My job was to report to donors on the expenditure of their scholarship gifts to the university and to send them thank-you letters from students who had received the…

Posted In Stewardship

Building Community in the Pacific Rim: The globalization of independent schools

Taylor B. Stockdale

April 02, 2015

The globalization of independent schools is one of the most profound shifts in our industry over the past 20 years.  Boarding schools, of course, have long been in the business of recruiting students from abroad, but they have a seen a substantial rise in the number of international students.  And day schools too have seen…

Posted In Perspectives

Let’s Get Engaged! Why alumni relations deserves our attention

Richard Allen Ammons

January 15, 2015

In a robust alumni relations environment, students and graduates alike view the college as an ongoing resource – a continuum of positive influence intellectually, professionally and socially. In turn, students and alumni have an enduring effect on the college. Not just in their growing capacity for philanthropic support but in the manner in which they…

Posted In Annual Giving

Five-Why Stewardship

Julia S. Emlen

January 14, 2015

In stewardship and donor relations we sometimes work against our own best interests. We are talented communicators, information managers, project overseers, events planners and implementers and just plain experts at getting things done. Our enthusiasm and dexterity are a source of pride…and often exploitation. That’s because when we take on an assignment, our most urgent…

Posted In Stewardship