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5 Easy Steps Before Planning a Parish Campaign

Taking on a parish campaign of any size requires careful planning. Campaigns rarely fail in the middle or at the end. Success typically hinges on proper preparation prior to launching a major fundraising initiative. With increased competition for the philanthropic dollar, it is important that a parish undergoes necessary planning steps before proceeding. Consider the […]

Reflections on Giving in 2018

In light of the recent publication of the Snapshot of Today’s Philanthropic Landscape, which contains data from Giving USA and other sources, several CCS Fundraising executives hosted a webinar to discuss the changing landscape of charitable giving in the US, and what organizations can do to prepare for the future. In this post, we recap […]

Who Funds the World? Girls: How Nonprofits Can Avoid Overlooking the Value of Female Donors

Women face myriad challenges in the nonprofit world across capacities: as donors, as nonprofit leaders and administrators, and as recipients of philanthropy. Research shows that women are frequently overlooked as prospective donors for reasons ranging from lower salary projections to a misconception that men are more often the primary decision-makers in a household. Further complicating […]

Taking the First Steps to Reaching Diverse Catholic Communities

It is more important than ever to recognize the different communities and cultures who make up our Catholic Family. Communicating your vision and creating unity among these communities can be a challenge and oftentimes daunting. So how can a fundraiser help guide a parish through these cultural differences and nuances to create an effective stewardship […]

The Importance of the Invitation: Using Events to Drive Capital Campaign Activity

Independent schools often rely heavily on one, large annual event to meet important fundraising goals. While these large-scale events can play an important role in community building, they are often costly and time-consuming. Moreover, by focusing on one event, schools are missing out on opportunities to interact with donors and prospective donors in meaningful ways. […]

Betting Big to Drive Social Change

Since the publication of “Making Big Bets for Social Change” in Stanford Social Innovation Review just over three years ago, the topic of “big bet” philanthropy has been making headlines. According to The Bridgespan Group, a big bet is an individual or foundation grant of $10 million or more made to a single organization or […]

Six Degrees of Cultivation: How Relationships Can Help Turn Prospects into Donors

Six degrees of separation is the idea that “friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. Put into practice, the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game was invented as a play on the concept. Fun and addictive, the favorite past time demonstrates just how […]

Transformative Gifts: Embracing the Potential for an Elevated Culture of Philanthropy

Big gifts – the kind of transformative philanthropic commitments that can positively redirect the trajectory of a program, project, or even an entire organization – are the types of gifts that many development professionals don’t just dream about but strategize for months or years to secure. Enormous amounts of discovery, cultivation, and solicitation go into […]

Embracing Technology for Personal Parish Fundraising

When working with a 2,000-year-old institution, there is a tendency to think that there is nothing new under the sun. This way of thinking is often magnified in a parish setting where staff and volunteers have served for many years and are accustomed to working with limited and often antiquated resources. Many parishes still rely […]

The New Storefront: Three Ways to Maximize Your Website for Campaign Success

In the days when brick-and-mortar shops ruled the retail landscape, the first chance a business had to grab attention was the storefront. In the display window of a store, where space is limited, a business must attract potential customers through showcasing its best and most striking products that speak to the needs of its customers. […]

Utilizing Volunteers to Drive Deeper Campaign Success

While transformational gifts from your most generous donors greatly impact your mission, having an engaged and committed group of volunteers is essential when implementing and executing a successful Diocesan campaign. Volunteers are key players, as their presence and involvement throughout the campaign help inspire the parish’s vision in both the short and long term. Fostering […]

Building Momentum: How Small Wins Become Big Wins

It is often said that campaigns are meant to be a marathon, not a sprint. However, it is easy to get lost in the big picture or stuck in the weeds of daily tasks that suddenly make campaign goals seem too daunting or too visionary. It’s important to remember that campaign success is not only […]

Nonprofits Embrace New Technology to Match Donor Expectations

During our recent Signals workshop—an interactive learning session centering around the future of leadership and learning—one participant spent an unusually long time playtesting the Microsoft HoloLens. Five minutes went by. Then 10 minutes. Even after 15 minutes he continued to pace the room, murmuring voice commands, gesturing with his fingers, as if to explore every […]

It Starts at the Top – Best Practices for Maximizing Your Fundraising Board

The key to maximizing your nonprofit’s mission impact is to ensure that it has the right people in leadership positions.  It’s not just a matter of having a charismatic executive director, or a diligent development director; impactful nonprofits have board leadership with clear objectives and a strong understanding of their roles in achieving sustained success, […]

Six Tips for Utilizing the Summer Months to Set Yourself up for Success

Summer is a quiet time for many nonprofit organizations. Donors are on vacation, students are out of the classroom, and many staff members take well-deserved time away from the office. Summer is also an important time to plan for the months ahead, when development activity quickly swings into full gear. By mapping out a thorough […]

Engaging Your Institution’s Insiders: Tips from a Successful School Fundraising Campaign

Building powerful relationships is the central tenet for creating a successful capital campaign. Engagement should be both “top-down” and “inside-out.” Targeting prospective donors at the top of the gift pyramid is a priority for most campaigns, while engaging insiders is often an overlooked strategy, or left for later in the campaign. And while major gift […]

Activating the Advocates: Fine-Tuning Messaging in Advance of a Campaign

Campaign preparation is a critical component of any fundraising effort. A diligent, thoughtful approach to campaign planning requires organization, research, timeline creation, and donor strategy planning. Additionally, the case for support is necessary to communicate a consistent message when recruiting campaign leadership, educating trustees, and training critical staff members. A clearly articulated case provides a […]

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 […]