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What’s Next for Parishes?

It has been one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020. Last spring, many faith communities completely suspended all in-person gatherings and worship moved exclusively online. According to research conducted by CCS Fundraising in summer 2020,[1] about 66% of Catholic and Episcopal parishes took an all-online approach. Others […]

Asking for Major Gifts in a Virtual World: A Practical Guide to Virtual Solicitation

In CCS’s January 2021 Philanthropic Climate Survey, more than half of respondents reported that they have held a virtual major gift solicitation through either phone, video, or both methods since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Of those who held virtual solicitations, a combined 72% of respondents reported that their virtual requests were either as successful or […]

Build Your Digital Presence for 2021 and Beyond: 5 Tips for Nonprofits

Since social distancing requirements began in the U.S., organizations have needed to leverage technology to keep their doors open. Many teams have had to quickly adapt to video calls, virtual events, and working from home. Though vaccine distribution has begun and the end of social distancing measures seems to be in sight, the digital transformation […]

The Future is #DAF: Donor-Advised Fund Growth and How Nonprofits Can Benefit

When you hear the term “Donor-Advised Fund” what is the first word that comes to mind? For me, it’s opportunity. A donor-advised fund (DAF) is a philanthropic giving vehicle established at a public charity. Donors can establish and fund a DAF account by making irrevocable, tax-deductible contributions to the charitable sponsor. Then, they can recommend […]

CCS Survey Reveals Successful Virtual Donor Engagement Results and Positive Signs for Nonprofit Fundraising in 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly a year ago, one of the central questions in the minds of nonprofit leaders and fundraisers has continually been can we raise money effectively in a virtual world? The latest results from CCS’s Philanthropic Climate Survey—which encompass responses from more than 1,000 individuals representing nonprofits across sectors—help show that […]

Reimagining Fundraising in a COVID-19 Landscape: Lessons for Success in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges and change to the philanthropic sector. Overnight, nonprofit leaders had to pivot from visionary plans for their futures to a laser-like focus on daily operations, responding to the pandemic and recalibrating their fundraising activity to navigate a rapidly evolving environment. It’s been nearly a year since the start […]

The December 2020 COVID-19 Relief Package: Key Benefits for Nonprofits and Fundraisers

On Monday, December 21, Congress approved a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill. If signed into law, many of the bill’s provisions would directly benefit nonprofits and fundraisers, helping to soften the blow of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for a summary of the key opportunities for the nonprofit sector. Extended Tax […]

CCS Fundraising’s Top Resources for Year-End Reflection

The end of a calendar year provides a natural juncture for reflection and planning. After such a tumultuous year as 2020, it’s more important than ever for development professionals and nonprofit leaders to take stock of all that we’ve been through as we plan for 2021 and beyond. As 2020 draws to a close, check […]

CCS Survey Shows Improved Fundraising Trends and Evolved Donor Engagement Tactics

The first two installments of CCS Fundraising’s Philanthropic Climate Survey series in May and June 2020 documented the immediate effects of a crisis in nonprofit fundraising. Our third-edition survey conducted from September 9 to September 16, 2020 provides a window into a nonprofit sector that—at this point, half a year into the global pandemic—has moved […]

Sustainable Philanthropy in the New World: Endowment Growth for Arts and Culture Organizations

Endowments have long been an important tool for arts and culture organizations to promote financial stability and growth in their community. As nonprofits continue to shift programming and strategy in light of COVID-19,  CCS finds that 36% of cultural organizations and 56% of performing arts organizations are anticipating a significant decline in their fundraising in […]

Adapting to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Look into Catholic and Episcopal Dioceses and Parishes

COVID-19 has forced organizations of all sizes and sectors to adapt to a digital model, with impacts that will likely last beyond the pandemic. Churches are no exception. As the pandemic spread in March, parishes and dioceses across the United States closed their doors and suspended all in-person gatherings and events. While doing so was […]

Inequity in a Global Crisis – The Varying Impacts of the Pandemic

In recent months, our global community has faced extraordinary circumstances that have forced long-standing institutional and systemic inequities to the forefront of our collective consciousness. The COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the disproportionate impact of health crises on our most vulnerable populations, and the Black Lives Matter movement galvanized global attention and action around […]

Independent School Fundraising Strategy: Making the Most of Your Summer Months

For most nonprofit organizations, the future of fundraising remains uncertain. This is especially true of educational institutions that must also prepare for a new school year which may feature distanced learning or an adapted model. However, these institutions also have a summer break that can allow them some time to plan ahead for any contingency. […]

CCS Fundraising Research Shows Nonprofit Resiliency During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate and major impact on nonprofit fundraising in the first few months of the crisis. While the picture still remains challenging for many organizations, new data from a large-scale CCS Fundraising survey of nonprofit organizations suggests that the philanthropic landscape has improved markedly thanks in part to innovative approaches to […]

Combining and Sequencing Donor Request Strategies

An external crisis such as COVID-19 causes significant shifts for a nonprofit’s operational and strategic funding needs and plans. Whether it’s for a campaign or operational sustainability, through a focused and clear request strategy, your organization can secure immediate support from your closest and most capable supporters without compromising future strategic funding requests. In this […]

Four Steps to Ensuring ROI for Virtual Events

For many nonprofit organizations, events are an important way to raise funds, gather close donors, and educate the community in a unique way. Current limitations for in-person gatherings present a challenge for organizations that were planning to hold events, particularly this spring and summer. An Assess-Decide-Communicate-Execute framework offers a process to clarify your event objectives […]

Fundraising on the Front Lines: Communication and Immediate Action

National moments—such as elections, natural disasters, and the current COVID-19 crisis—tend to propel certain nonprofits to the forefront of philanthropic attention. In these moments, new audiences and a larger spotlight create an immediate need for a ramped-up communications program as scrutiny around deliverables and actions heightens. Stephen Peeler, Executive Director of the Infectious Diseases Society […]

How Healthcare Organizations Can Continue to Fundraise for All Programs During COVID-19

Healthcare institutions around the world are currently doing everything they can to combat the COVID-19 crisis, and they are doing so while also ensuring that other essential programs, such as cancer research, rare disease prevention/treatment, and other lifesaving services remain active for the sake of all of their patients. Many healthcare organizations are therefore asking […]

Nonprofit Survey Reveals Majority of Organizations Continuing Campaigns During COVID-19

Most nonprofits have moved forward with major fundraising efforts—with appropriate modifications—despite the impact of the current global health pandemic, according to a new CCS Fundraising study of 1,183 professionals representing nonprofit organizations across all major philanthropic sectors. Only 9 respondents (less than 1%) noted campaign cancellations. This news comes as nonprofits prepare for a downward […]

5 Essential Strategies for #GivingTuesdayNow Follow-up

In a recent post, we offered tips on maximizing your #GivingTuesdayNow strategy. Now that this “global day of unity” has concluded, it’s time for participating nonprofit organizations to implement a quick but effective follow-up strategy to their audiences. Don’t let too much time pass before considering these principles of post-giving day communication. 1) Say thank […]