Donor Engagement and Retention Techniques: Invest time now to solidify donor relationships

Published August 11, 2021

  By Andy Canada, Senior Consultant and Director of Data Analytics at Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates While we need to work to engage all of our donors, many nonprofits have experienced the benefit of an influx of new donors in response to the pandemic’s challenges. What can you do to engage and retain these new […]

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A Case for Donor-Centric Gift Planning Early in Donors’ Cycle of Generosity

Published August 5, 2021

By Wm. David Smith, CAP®, President and CEO at Heaton Smith Group, LLC Fundraising professionals frequently ask themselves: How can we secure more blended and estate gifts to advance our mission? This question is especially relevant to nonprofit sub-sectors such as healthcare, arts and culture, social services, etc.) as they often have less mature gift […]

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Middlegame Philanthropy: Lessons from Queen’s Gambit

Published August 4, 2021

By Bharat Krishnan, MBA, Counsel at The Hodge Group Like much of America, The Hodge Group’s team binged Queen’s Gambit when it came out on Netflix in October 2020. In fact, many of our teammates finished it in one weekend. We also identified one application to philanthropy: the under-appreciated value of having a solid middlegame […]

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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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