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“If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage It” – Using Metrics to Strengthen Your Fundraising Program

Growing your fundraising program is not just about feeding your prospect pipeline or hiring more front-line fundraisers.  In today’s evolving market with a desire for greater accountability, the need for ever-growing levels of support, and an increased competition for donor attention, a hospital foundation’s use of metrics is the key to increasing success. The infamous […]

What Fundraisers Can Learn from the Great Recession

Ten years ago, the U.S. economy was in the depths of the most devastating economic downturn since the Great Depression. The impact was substantial and wide-spread: 8.8 million people lost their jobs, GDP fell more than 4%, and home prices deteriorated by 30%. At the same time, Americans collectively gave less to charities than they […]

Considering an Increased Offertory Program for a Sustainable Future

Many parishes opt for a campaign when considering capital projects or debt reduction, but often become intimidated by the tremendous needs and the equally tremendous goals associated with such an endeavor. CCS Fundraising always recommends doing a thorough analysis to assess the feasibility of a capital campaign before deciding whether to move forward in that […]

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. […]

Data Shows Correlation Between Volunteerism and Giving

In response to the  2018 Snapshot of the Philanthropic Landscape, featuring the most recent philanthropic data from major sources in the industry, Dee Falvo, a Senior Vice President with CCS Fundraising in the New York office, discusses statistics pertaining to volunteering and charitable giving. Americans value the importance of giving to charity, whether it be […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Tax Reform and Fundraising: Reflections on the New Legislation

With the passing of the 2018 tax reform legislation, there has been a lot of discussion about how it will affect nonprofits and charitable giving moving forward. Here, we offer a brief overview of relevant changes, discuss their potential impact on charitable giving, as well as provide strategies for fundraising planning. Standard Deduction: Under the new legislation, […]