Major Gift Metrics Blog

Important Considerations for Establishing Major Gift Metrics

Published August 28, 2018

By John T. Keith, J.D., Consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates Fundraising success is increasingly a vital component of an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.  Campaigns have increased in prevalence and frequency and often are dependent upon 90% of the dollars being contributed by 10% of the donors.  (In higher education, this can reach 95% […]

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Next Level Donors: Three Strategies to Inspire Annual Donors to Give More

Published August 22, 2018

By Ryan McCarvill, Content Manager, iWave Congratulations!  You secured another $10,000 gift from longtime donor, Jane Smith.  Years ago, you worked hard to solicit Jane’s first major gift to your organization.  And now it only takes a few touchpoints during the year to secure the same gift amount year over year.  In fact, when you […]

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GUSA 2018 Infographic

See the numbers – Giving USA 2018 Infographic

Published June 14, 2018

Who gave and who received in 2017? See the numbers and major giving trends on Giving USA‘s infographic. [Click to view full-size]

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Giving USA 2018

Giving USA 2018: Americans Gave $410.02 Billion to Charity in 2017, Crossing the $400 Billion Mark for the First Time

Published June 13, 2018

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Stock market, economic conditions helped drive solid growth in contributions across the board CHICAGO [June 12, 2018]— Powered by a booming stock market and a strong economy, charitable giving by American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations to U.S. charities surged to an estimated $410.02 billion in 2017, according to Giving USA 2018: […]

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Jump Start Your Nonprofit Feasibility Study: 5 Strategies

Published June 11, 2018

By Bob Happy, President, Averill Fundraising Solutions For nonprofits large and small, feasibility studies are a staple of most of your major fundraising efforts. Whether you’re planning a capital campaign or creating a new annual fundraising plan, conducting a feasibility study is generally seen as a cornerstone of campaign planning. Yet, although most nonprofits agree […]

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6 Facts to Learn About Your Fundraising Event Attendees

Published June 6, 2018

  By Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President, DonorSearch Tracking just a handful of useful metrics at your events will help refine nearly every aspect of how your nonprofit interacts with its supporters. Your fundraising events can and should serve multiple purposes! Most importantly, this includes identifying prospective major donors within your list of registered attendees. You already work to develop relationships […]

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Skin in the Game: The Importance of Board Giving

Published June 4, 2018

By Avrum Lapin, President, The Lapin Group, LLC When we engage with new clients, we always begin with the imperative – up front and with clarity – that in order for the campaign or fundraising project to be successful, 100% board participation is required. Board members, as the legal stewards of the organization, must lead by example. […]

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4 Reasons to Treat Grant Funders More Like Major Donors

Published June 1, 2018

By Lauren Steiner, President, Grants Plus What size grants do private and corporate foundations make to your organization? $25,000? $100,000? Much more? Most likely, grant funders are some of the most generous contributors to your organization. As such, it’s crucial to have a tailored strategy for every foundation funder, just as you should for every high-level individual […]

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Decoding Donor-Advised Funds: From Data to Practical

Published May 23, 2018

By Keith Curtis, Founder and President, The Curtis Group Donor-advised funds began in the 1930s, but in recent years these funds have become the fastest growing vehicle in philanthropy. Contributions to donor-advised funds grew at three times the rate of total charitable giving in 2016 according to the National Philanthropic Trust. Donor-advised funds defined: Donor-advised funds […]

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