New study on planned giving reveals key insights into donor motivations and behaviors

Published November 7, 2019

A new Special Report from Giving USA Foundation, Leaving a Legacy: A New Look at Planned Giving Donors, investigates understudied area of philanthropy CHICAGO November 6, 2019 —Although bequest giving accounted for 9% of the $427.1 billion contributed to charity in 2018, and bequest contributions have exceeded $30 billion in the past four years, research […]

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Measuring Success: The Value of Evaluation

Published November 4, 2019

By Dr. Wayne Parker Of Counsel at The Phoenix Philanthropy Group. Tracking success is at the core of creating a culture of evaluation within a nonprofit organization, where program decisions are made based on facts rather than impressions or hopes. When a philanthropic foundation reviews the performance of its investment portfolio, they look at their […]

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A Tale of Two Gifts: Extraordinary Philanthropic Reporting and Why It Should Be Required Reading

Published October 28, 2019

By Stuart Sullivan Senior Vice President at Graham-Pelton. The date of Friday, September 27, 2019, was extraordinary in the coverage of philanthropy in journalism. In the same edition of the Wall Street Journal on that day, there appeared an article and an opinion/editorial piece that should be required reading for all executives, board members, and […]

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Humility in Grantmaking: The Rise of Local Investing

Published October 7, 2019

By Bobby Thalhimer Senior Consultant at The Monument Group. As a nearly lifelong participant in the work of charitable foundations, it is humbling to conclude that on the whole we have not been very successful at our work. Yes, we have had many targeted successes with our grants, but intractable societal problems such as poverty, […]

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Does 1+1=2? The Ripple Effect of Challenge Gifts

Published October 4, 2019

By Wendy McGrady Executive Vice President at The Curtis Group. At The Curtis Group, we believe that 1+1 can equal much more than 2 when we leverage gifts to encourage and motivate others. We like to call it the ripple effect, when one gift has the power to spread far beyond a single donation. In […]

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The Gift of Listening

Published September 24, 2019

By Avrum D. Lapin President at The Lapin Group, LLC. The art of conversation lies in listening.” –Malcom Forbes When engaging in conversations, we usually believe that we are listening, but in reality, we are often barely hearing. Too many times while we hear people speaking, we are consumed with formulating our response, rather than […]

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Driving Hyper-Philanthropy Through New Technologies

Published September 19, 2019

By Russ Hodge, CFRE Principal at The Hodge Group. Experts tell us that the face of philanthropy is changing rapidly. The Giving Institute’s data reveals that individual giving makes up less than 70% of our $400 billion industry for the first time ever, and online/mobile giving rates are up almost three times the rate of […]

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Highway to Your Fundraising Metrics

Published September 17, 2019

By Mariah Fosnight, Client Service Associate, and Jennifer Shin, Consultant, at The Alford Group. Congratulations! As you near year end, you can momentarily rest in cruise control knowing that the craze of event season is an image in your rearview mirror. Imagine you’re in a position where both the total number of attendees and the […]

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Three Practical Ways Your Tech Tools Can Help You Retain Donors

Published September 5, 2019

By Abby Jarvis Nonprofit Education Manager of Qgiv. Did you see a dip in individual donations to your organization last year? If you did, you’re not alone! According to Giving USA’s Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019, gifts from individuals decreased 1.1% (or 3.4%, if you adjust for inflation). Individual donations still accounted […]

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