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How Episcopal Churches Can Maximize their Donor Databases: Going Beyond Contact Information

Having a robust and up-to-date database can make a world of a difference in fundraising and stewardship. In an industry where fundraisers and development staff are competing for over $390 billion in philanthropic dollars, the opportunity is immense, and so too must be your attention to your donors.     Of the ten sub-sectors reported on […]

A Guide to Using Personality Research in Major Gift Fundraising

Fundraising is a personal business. For Major Gift Officers (MGOs), planning a one-hour gift request meeting can involve many hours of advance research and document creation. However, behind successful meetings lie truly meaningful donor relationships. Requesting charitable dollars necessitates more than sending a charismatic, energetic CEO or MGO. Every donor is a unique puzzle, as […]

Adapting to a New Generation of Parent Donors

Changing preferences and priorities, combined with advancements in technology, have spurred the transformation of industries like media, retail, and transportation, among others. What about philanthropy? How should schools adapt their fundraising approach to engage young parents? All schools recognize the importance of observing demographic trends. For example, these trends can reveal how many school-aged children can […]

A Quick Guide for Securing Transformational Gifts from Large Corporations

While there is ever-growing interest and attention around corporate social responsibility (CSR) today, the idea that “business corporations have an obligation to work for social betterment”[1] has existed for centuries. Dating back to the earliest corporations, around which many small towns revolved and depended, corporate social responsibility has evolved substantially. As CSR programs have become […]

Making the Most of Time Between University Campaigns

Ask anyone working within earshot of a university campus, and chances are good that they’ve recently been a part of a comprehensive fundraising campaign. More than ever before, universities – public and private, large and small – are leveraging intense, coordinated efforts to raise transformational resources and rally their various constituencies around inspiring future visions. […]

Data-Driven Fundraising Creates Nonprofit Impact From For-Profit Analytics

In today’s philanthropic landscape, donors are repeatedly pulled and prodded by different (and certainly worthy) causes. Philanthropic competition is fierce and persistent. At the same time, donors are more mindful of their philanthropic contributions, consolidating their giving to fewer charities. While the number of 501(c)(3) organizations and total charitable giving continue to climb, recent reports […]

How to Leverage a Challenge Grant to Accelerate Your Campaign

The success of a capital campaign is dependent upon several factors.  One of the most important is to get your effort off to a strong start, which is most effectively accomplished by securing large pace-setting gifts. Securing early, significant support provides the initiative credibility. Early success, in turn, inspires confidence in solicitors, creating momentum which […]

Will Your Major Donors Love You or Leave You? The Value of Donor Impact Reports

Do you remember playing the classic game “She loves me, she loves me not” when you were a kid?  It is, of course, an amusing, whimsical game of chance that seeks to reaffirm whether the object of one’s affection will return that affection or not.  As adults, common sense tells us that we wouldn’t trust […]

A Parish Guide to Pledge Collection Fundamentals

There is a common misconception that a campaign ends once the solicitation or “asking” phase has concluded. The truth is, while your parish may no longer be actively soliciting parishioners, a campaign lasts as long as its pledges are being fulfilled. Before you go back to business as usual, be sure you know the three […]

Hurricane Harvey: How Your Organization Can Connect with Supporters

As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate the proud citizens of Houston and the Gulf Coast, our thoughts are with those who face difficult days, weeks, and months ahead. Looking back on history, we know that natural disasters bring us closer together and show our resilient spirit. Houston is renowned for helping others in Texas and […]

Giving to Religion: How data from Giving USA 2017 offers optimism and opportunity for further growth

On June 13, The Giving USA Foundation™ published The Annual Report on Philanthropy with the announcement that 2016 was the United States’ most philanthropic year to date. Approximately $390 billion was given to philanthropic causes, which equates to more than $1 billion per day in charitable giving! While this represents an overall increase of 2.7% […]

A Quick Guide to Planning Year-End Appeals

It’s the end of summer and, for fundraisers, it’s a magical time of year. While the rest of the country is taking last minute vacations, back-to-school planning, and avoiding the heat that never seems to break, development teams are in the thick of planning for the end of the year. Over the last 10 years, […]