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5 Essential Strategies for #GivingTuesday Follow-Up

As your nonprofit’s #GivingTuesday campaign comes to a close, it’s time to implement an effective follow-up strategy for your audiences. Don’t let too much time pass before considering these simple but powerful principles of post-giving day communication. 1) Say thank you Acknowledge the people who gave, interacted, shared, or participated (even in the smallest ways) […]

Boost Year-End Giving with CARES Act Tax Incentives

With Giving Tuesday just a few days away and nearly one-third of annual donations made in December, there’s still time to boost year-end giving to your organization. Tax incentives to encourage charitable donations as part of the CARES Act that are set to expire at the end of 2021 could be one approach. While receiving […]

Three Tips to Carry the Momentum from the High Holidays

In addition to prayer and festive meals, the Jewish high holidays are a peak season of tzedakah – charity – where appeals are made, honors are auctioned off, and volunteer time is committed. At CCS, we believe in the power of the high holidays to position nonprofits for future success. Over the past month, members […]

Four Ways to Advance Equity with Strong Gift Acceptance Policies

At the heart of nonprofit development operations is the process of accepting, acknowledging, and recognizing gifts. Gift acceptance policies can be more than a dusty procedure manual that outlines various methods of giving. Gift acceptance policies can be actively deployed to advance equity within your institution, diversify and educate your donor base, make giving more […]

Developing an International Fundraising Program

Nonprofit organizations with missions and activities that connect them with an international community should consider whether pursuing international donors is a viable strategy in their annual fundraising plans. To build a successful international fundraising program, establishing an internal infrastructure and developing systems to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward international donors is critical. This article lays […]

CCS Examines Record-Breaking Philanthropic Trends in Tenth-Edition Report

CCS Fundraising is thrilled to share the tenth edition of Snapshot of Today’s Philanthropic Landscape. This report compiles and contextualizes research from across the field of philanthropy to help U.S. nonprofits wade through the available data and create informed fundraising strategies. “For the past ten years, CCS has aggregated the latest research on the state […]

Amplifying Your Client’s Voice: How Human Services Organizations Are Deploying Fundraising Windfalls

In the last year, human services organizations have experienced an increase in philanthropic giving as a result of donors’ heightened awareness of the pandemic’s economic consequences and racial inequities faced by marginalized communities. Human services organizations, thanks to the influx in giving, were able to transform their work seemingly overnight to heroically meet drastic increases […]

Catholic Fundraising Video Series: Perspectives on Stewardship in a Digital World

Throughout the past 18 months, the Catholic Church was challenged to respond to the realities of COVID-19 by adapting to a new way of communicating with constituents. A critical focus remains placed on continuing communication by leveraging available technology while maintaining or increasing our human empathy and connection. Throughout the month of June, join CCS […]

Making a Case for Private Philanthropy in Higher Education Amid Public Funding Increases

The recent headlines surrounding an increased focus on reducing the cost of higher education through the Biden Administration’s American Families Plan, along with the launch of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), have spiked curiosity among institutional leaders on how this could affect their overall fundraising strategy and donor messaging. Private philanthropy is, and […]

How to Revamp Your Virtual Solicitations for a Post-Pandemic World

Community is the backbone of society, the heartbeat of philanthropy, and the purpose behind many social and human service nonprofits. The COVID-19 pandemic transformed the way we think about interacting with people and pushed us to explore new horizons of digital communications. As we’ve shared in our recent article about virtual fundraising events, there are […]

Long Live the Virtual Fundraising Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has made in-person fundraising events – once fundamentals of the healthcare fundraising playbook – now feel as antiquated as typewriters and VCRs. At least for now, home offices and laptop screens have largely displaced America’s boardrooms and ballrooms. As a result, many nonprofits that relied on in-person events and fundraising strategies – healthcare institutions and hospitals for example – had a difficult choice to make:   Wholesale cancellation of these plans until in-person gathering was once again […]

Engaging the Next Generation of Philanthropists

The future of philanthropy revolves around engaging our next generation of donors—Generation Z and Millennials. Understanding how to attract, retain, and grow your young professional pipeline will ensure long-term sustainability for your organization. When considering how to engage donors across generations, demographics, or backgrounds, it is important to remember that every philanthropist is unique. While […]

Moving from Response to Recovery: A Case Study with United Way Worldwide Facing a World Reordering Moment

Just over one year ago, stay-at-home orders were announced and the world as we knew it rapidly changed. Today, the pandemic and its ricochet effects have plunged our world, our communities, and each of us into the most challenging times we’ve had in generations. Facing unprecedented challenges, international governments deployed more than $10 trillion for […]

Click Here to Donate: The Power of Online Giving

In today’s 24/7 digital world, we are connected to one another and the causes we support with the simple yet powerful click of a button. Virtual donor engagement is a vital element of a nonprofit organization’s communication and fundraising strategy. From their websites to their social media presence, we continue to see that the digital […]

Who Funds the World? Girls: How Nonprofits Can Avoid Overlooking the Value of Women 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. These challenges […]

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 […]

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 […]

Digital Fundraising for Easter: A Four-Week Plan for Parishes

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics worldwide will embark on a 40-day Lenten journey. This period of prayer, reflection, and fasting is also considered a time of almsgiving – a moment to reflect on one’s blessings and share one’s gifts and talents with the broader community. Many parishes across the country have served as a lifeline to […]

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 […]

Identifying and Developing Strong Relationships for Nonprofit Success

Relationships play an essential role in the success of any organization. Whether it is relationships within your organization, external partners, donors, clients, or volunteers, success is dependent on the support from others. Nonprofit organizations rely heavily on the engagement of teams and constituencies to ensure successful delivery of mission and sustainability for the future. Strong […]