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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 […]

Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Independent Schools

Culture: It’s complicated. “Culture” is ubiquitous, although that does not mean it is easy to define. Instead, “culture” presents a challenge when we try to change it without buy-in from essential stakeholders. Understanding that every organization has a particular culture, whether or not stakeholders acknowledge it, is crucial in formulating a fundraising strategy. Before describing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Giving to Religion: How data from Giving USA 2017 offers optimism and opportunity for further growth

On June 13, The Giving USA Foundation™ published The Annual Report on Philanthropy with the announcement that 2016 was the United States’ most philanthropic year to date. Approximately $390 billion was given to philanthropic causes, which equates to more than $1 billion per day in charitable giving! While this represents an overall increase of 2.7% […]

A Quick Guide to Planning Year-End Appeals

It’s the end of summer and, for fundraisers, it’s a magical time of year. While the rest of the country is taking last minute vacations, back-to-school planning, and avoiding the heat that never seems to break, development teams are in the thick of planning for the end of the year. Over the last 10 years, […]