Knowing Your Audience: 4 Tips for Growing Your Donor Base

Published May 18, 2021

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?

Published May 17, 2021

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

Published May 3, 2021

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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Making the Ask – Even Virtually

Published April 30, 2021

By Victoria Dietz, Vice President at The Curtis Group Can you ask for a major gift via phone or over a video chat? Just over a year ago, this would not have been a strategy recommended by a seasoned fundraiser. However, the shutdown has rewritten the rule book for major gift asks and shown that […]

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7 Critical Roles You Need on Your Capital Campaign Team

Published April 19, 2021

By Aly Sterling, founder and president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy All nonprofit fundraising efforts require the coordination and support of strong teams to help them succeed, and this is especially true of capital campaigns. Capital campaigns are intense fundraising periods that span multiple years and are meant to achieve a substantial, significant goal for your […]

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Engaging the Next Generation of Philanthropists

Published April 16, 2021

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 […]

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The New (Digital) Normal

Published March 22, 2021

Even with all its numerous challenges, a silver lining could have emerged from 2020. As the doors of many organizations closed, nonprofits were forced to leverage the resources and tools they had available. With galas and runs canceled and direct mail paused, the sector braced for what was to come. If connecting with our colleagues […]

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Iconic Impact Initiative: NBA All-Stars of Philanthropy

Published March 18, 2021

Cultural Icons for Social Change: The Iconic Impact Initiative Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC) is publishing a series of position papers called The Iconic Impact Initiative to explore the historical nature of multi-cultural philanthropy and the foundations of giving that were built by modern-day leaders of color—from ordinary individuals to the most famous pop-culture icons. While […]

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Looking Back and Charging Forward – We’re Still Standing!

Published March 17, 2021

These three things are now vital for the success of your organization. It’s been more than a year since the US went into lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic. I clearly remember standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the BDI staff as we crowded into our conference room, watching live as the government declared a national emergency. I expected […]

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