CCS is pleased to share the news, views, and tools you may have missed this past week!

  1. “Be a little crazy!”  Through our work with MLK Community Health Foundation, we’ve come to know President Dyan Sublett as a strong and enigmatic leader in the philanthropic community. Inside Philanthropy recently sat down with Dyan to hear her secrets to a successful fundraising career. 
  2. The Oracle of Omaha gives $3.17 billion to charity. Warren Buffet has once again donated shares to some of his favorite charities – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, the Sherwood Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and NoVo Foundation. Read more details about Buffett’s philanthropy on CNN Money.
  3. Fundraising is a team sport. While hiring a talented development leader can help an organization’s fundraising reach new heights, it is important to remember that all nonprofit leaders play an integral role in fundraising. The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the six conditions necessary for transformative fundraising across an organization.
  4. Don’t launch a feasibility study without following these six best practices.  Feasibility and planning studies are integral to strengthening donor relationships and gleaning valuable information prior to a campaign. Following the six best practices outlined by npENGAGE will help strengthen this important tool.
  5. Thank you, San Francisco! Last month, CCS Fundraising and Foundation Center West partnered to present the Giving USA report and data on the philanthropic landscape in the Bay Area. Foundation Center DC provides a great recap including some advice from leaders at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Castilleja School, and University of San Francisco.

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