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19 09, 2017

How Would You Thank A Donor Who Gave You $1 Million?

By |September 19th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on How Would You Thank A Donor Who Gave You $1 Million?

A few weeks ago I was on a telephone call with my team and a strategic partner, and we were talking about the changes that are happening (and need to occur) in philanthropy. I brought up a story that happened to a friend of mine, “Jaxson,” and I would like to share it with you [...]

27 06, 2017

Facts About Charitable Giving for 2017 and Why You Need to Care

By |June 27th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Facts About Charitable Giving for 2017 and Why You Need to Care

The annual report by Giving USA is out for 2017, and you can obtain it here. Every year, the nonprofit sector waits for this important report. Here are some of the key findings based on reporting from the Chronicle of Philanthropy: 2016 was the third year of growth in fundraising. Fundraising grew by 1.4 percent [...]

13 06, 2017

The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

By |June 13th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

Recently, I've started to see renewed push-back from donors about their gifts to charity. If you participate in nonprofit groups, I've heard some exasperated nonprofit executives and fundraisers speaking about donors demanding to know how much of their donations are going directly to programs. This debate and discussions have been going on for a long [...]

2 05, 2017

Nonprofits Are Not Meeting Their Fundraising Goals

By |May 2nd, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Nonprofits Are Not Meeting Their Fundraising Goals

“Take all these results together, and we are seeing the first slow-down in the rate of growth in charitable giving since the Recession of 2008 and 2009.” - Jason Lee, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals  Should nonprofit executive directors, board members, and fundraisers be worried about the results of the latest [...]

31 01, 2017

Be Aware of Gifts to Your Organization Through the PayPal Giving Fund

By |January 31st, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Be Aware of Gifts to Your Organization Through the PayPal Giving Fund

Recently I saw a nonprofit post on social media how they had never been alerted about a gift made through the PayPal Giving Fund. It turns out that a volunteer had made a "sizable gift" to the organization through the fund; however, the nonprofit stated they were not alerted by PayPal. When the charity reached [...]

20 12, 2016

Philanthropy Is Only for Billionaires

By |December 20th, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Philanthropy Is Only for Billionaires

If you’re sitting in your office as the executive director or chief fundraiser of a nonprofit organization, I wonder what you’re thinking of the philanthropic landscape these days? I believe in an assertive posture when it comes to charity and philanthropy. We know that at this point in time, we have all the resources we [...]

1 12, 2016

How You Can Help Give to Charity This Holiday Season, Part 1

By |December 1st, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on How You Can Help Give to Charity This Holiday Season, Part 1

One of my favorite articles to write is this one. This is the third year I’ve been writing about nonprofits and social good organizations during the holiday season that you may want to look to support. And, as I’ve done in the past, because there are so many worthwhile organizations, I’ll write about charities and [...]

3 11, 2016

Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist on #GivingTuesday

By |November 3rd, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist on #GivingTuesday

The biggest global fundraising day of the year is fast approaching. #GivingTuesday is the dedicated fundraising day for the world. There are a number of ways that practically anyone can get involved making a difference. The core driver for this day is social media. On #GivingTuesday, everyone is encouraged to demonstrate via social media how [...]

27 09, 2016

7 Must-Knows About Social Media Fundraising

By |September 27th, 2016|blog, development, news|Comments Off on 7 Must-Knows About Social Media Fundraising

I speak to nonprofits every week. I have to admit, some executive directors and fundraisers love social media and others hate it. Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay so you better get used to it. And, more importantly, you should try to work it into your overall planning. I’ve had [...]

8 09, 2016

How to Write E-Mail Copy that Converts for Your Nonprofit

By |September 8th, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on How to Write E-Mail Copy that Converts for Your Nonprofit

Email donation conversions are important for nonprofits. There’s immediacy in email and you can personalize it in ways that’s much tougher to do on social media. M&R’ 2016 Benchmark Study is fascinating with regard to what it reveals about email in the nonprofit sector. Open, click-through and response rates were all down in 2015 for [...]