How to Attract Mega-Philanthropy, No Matter Your Organization’s Size

Published March 4, 2021

I recently solicited a prospective donor – over Zoom – for an eight-figure gift on behalf of one of our capital campaign clients. I have more than 30 years of fundraising experience under my belt, but I have NEVER asked a donor for such a substantial gift through a computer screen. But such is our […]

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Stop the Revolving Door in Nonprofit Development

Published March 2, 2021

In the nonprofit sector, it’s no secret that some development positions turn over too frequently. In fact, development director roles are often referred to as a “revolving doors”–with employees cycling in and out of organizations at an alarming frequency. According to a study by author Penelope Burk, the average fundraiser stays at his or her […]

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Iconic Impact Initiative: Robert F. Smith

Published March 1, 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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Iconic Impact Initiative: 12 Top Pioneers of Black Philanthropy

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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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Look Before You Leap Into Diaspora Funding

Published February 24, 2021

There is a gulf between the optimism of many nonprofits seeking funding from diaspora groups and the reality of just how challenging this can be. Before we take the leap and invest time, effort and cash, let’s explore the attraction of this funding stream, the real-life challenges, and ten practical things we can do to […]

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Gratitude is Power

Published February 23, 2021

As Development and Fundraising Counsel, our clients are often focused only on fundraising goals. In our role we have a duty to remind them of their superpower that, when used strategically, can change hearts and change the world through increased contributions. That power: showing gratitude to donors. Arthur Alley offers the strategies below. Please share […]

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Developing New Donor Strategies as Your Nonprofit Grows

Published February 22, 2021

We all know how much nonprofits rely on fundraising to further their missions. It’s important to build relationships with your existing donors to facilitate long-term support and loyalty to your cause, but in order to grow as an organization, you’ll have to also expand your donor base over time. Doing so will increase your fundraising […]

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The Importance of Data Governance in Remote Fundraising Operations

Published February 15, 2021

In the era of big data, many nonprofits are recognizing the important role data governance plays in supporting key fundraising strategy and informing data-driven decision making. Data governance encompasses an overarching system designed to effectively manage data and the corresponding policies, procedures, and practices surrounding that data. In this way, a comprehensive data governance program […]

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4 Tips for Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Corporate Partnerships

Published February 8, 2021

By Aly Sterling, founder and president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy Partnerships between nonprofits and the for-profit sector have always been an important funding stream for nonprofits, but the pandemic has made these relationships even more critical to diversifying financial support for your organization. Some corporate partnerships can also offer stability in an uncertain fundraising environment, […]

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