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Knowing Your Audience: 4 Tips for Growing Your Donor Base

By Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President at DonorSearch Developing your donor base and overall support network is a critical aspect for encouraging organizational growth. As a nonprofit, you want to do more for your constituents and make a greater impact on your community—but doing so doesn’t come cheap. In other words, if you want to […]

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Do You Have the Guts to Blow Things Up?

By Rick Dunham, CEO at Dunham+Company Years ago I wrote a blog on the gravitational pull of mediocrity. My point was that the natural pull for an organization was toward mediocrity not excellence or success. In reality, success requires hard, intentional and often disruptive work that rattles the status quo. That’s why I believe one […]

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Disruption and the Future of Higher Education and Advancement

By Dr. Karen Baldwin, Senior Consultant at Lighthouse Counsel With a pandemic, a national reckoning with social injustice and political turmoil, the past year has brought what might seem like an unholy trinity when it comes to disruption in the status quo. No segment of society, business or community has gone untouched, including higher education […]

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What Fundraising Professionals Are Saying

Susan Ingmire

“I often talk about the Giving USA Executive Summary information with family foundation and nonprofit boards. The data is invaluable in building knowledge and deconstructing myths about giving. It’s an essential part of my toolkit for building a culture of philanthropy.”

Susan Ingmire
President
Ignite Philanthropy Advisors

Amy Comer

“Giving USA is critical resource in tracking trends in the sector, in particular because of the long-term view it provides. In addition to giving us a rich view both of fluctuations in giving sources and distribution patterns, it also provides an estimate for giving to religious organizations. This is important because it can often be a blind spot in research because these organizations aren’t required to file an annual financial report with the IRS.”

Amy Comer
Director
Customer & Market Insights, Blackbaud, Inc.

Heidi Jark

“I look forward to the Giving USA report every year to better help me work with not for profit organizations and our private foundation clients. The data helps me to better understand the philanthropic world around me and, many times, confirms what I see on a day to day basis. We can better serve our clients when we have research data. It helps us to better explain and structure gifts to meet both the needs of our individual clients and the missions they wish to advance.”

Heidi B. Jark
Managing Director & Vice President
The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank

Eileen Heisman

“Giving USA is the main source for our industry’s most reliable charitable giving information. They identify trends, provide great data and embrace the spirit for how Americans engage in making the world a better place. Every philanthropic professional I know uses the data and quotes it regularly. I eagerly await to see what their findings will report every June. On behalf of the working professionals I express my gratitude to them for their scientific and disciplined approach to their work.”

Eileen Heisman
CEO
National Philanthropic Trust

We acknowledge our 2021 Platinum Sponsors, CCS Fundraising and Salesforce.org, for their generous support of this year’s publication.

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