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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 […]

Assessing the Size, Structure, and Efficiency of Your School’s Development Office

In the face of increased financial demands and heightened fundraising goals, schools must evaluate the size, structure, and efficiency of their development offices to ensure sustainability in today’s philanthropic landscape. Successful fundraising requires strategic investments in staffing. The Problem CCS’s partnerships with over 100 independent schools across the country have revealed common financial and demographic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]