Giving USA 2019 : Americans gave $427.71 billion to charity in 2018 amid complex year for charitable giving

Published June 18, 2019

Shaped by a mixture of countervailing economic and policy factors, total contributions grew 0.7% in current dollars, declined 1.7% adjusted for inflation CHICAGO [June 18, 2019] — Amid a complex climate for charitable giving, American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018, according to Giving USA 2019: […]

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What Giving USA Can Do for You

Published May 16, 2019

Pre-Order My Copy Now Whether you’re a member of a development team, CEO, board member, nonprofit consultant, or educator, Giving USA 2019 is an essential tool for success. It’s more than an intelligence report—it’s a guide to informed fundraising. Giving USA 2019 is filled with opportunities to benchmark your nonprofit against national trends. The Practitioner […]

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Giving Large, Giving Young and Giving to Solve Problems Donors Know First-Hand


By James M. Brasher III Founding Principal of Development Counsel . Like all of you, I read the daily digest of grants made by various donors. Using this data, I have been trying to help my clients rethink how they might get significant gifts from sources that they had not considered previously. Major donations, like […]

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Set Your Nonprofit Up for Success: 7 Data Management Musts

Published May 6, 2019

By Joe Klimek CEO of SofTrek, developer of ClearView CRM fundraising software. Data management is the crux of your nonprofit’s fundraising campaign strategy. In order to successfully manage your nonprofit, you need to have clearly organized and understandable data. The best way to accomplish this is to utilize the right tools. As a nonprofit fundraising […]

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Ensuring Sustainability with Diverse Revenue Streams

Published April 15, 2019

By Rachel Hutchisson, Chair of The Giving Institute, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy at Blackbaud Diverse revenue streams and individual fundraising play a key role in a healthy funding mix. As we shared in our recent report from the Blackbaud Institute, The Right Mix, dependence on any one source of giving could affect […]

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The Role of Social Norms

Published April 8, 2019

By Kelsey Crouch-Dodson, Project Manager, Bentz Whaley Flessner The newest report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Encouraging Giving to Women’s & Girls’ Causes: The Role of Social Norms, explores the intersection of social norms, gender, and charitable giving. This study analyzes how current giving behavior of others, future outlooks on giving, and gender affect donor […]

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3 Concrete Strategies to Address The Donor Retention Crisis


By Jeff Gordy, President, Neon One If you’ve been reading the news as of late regarding charitable giving, you may have seen a lot of chatter about how smaller donors have been dropping away from organizations while overall giving increased slightly from 2017 to 2018. This information is being driven by the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, […]

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Fundraising is a Profession and Like Other Professions – Coaching Should be Considered

Published April 2, 2019

By Dr. Jason Ketter, Senior Consultant, In the movie Rocky, Burgess Meredith plays Mickey—Rocky’s coach/trainer. He was a grumpy guy and even Rocky was somewhat afraid of him. Anyone familiar with the film would remember both Rocky and Mickey. Muhammad Ali is perhaps the most famous non-fictional boxer of all times and most have […]

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Can Strategic Planning Lead to a Major Gift? Yes!

Published March 18, 2019

By Ann J. Shackelford, Senior Consultant, and Steve W. Waiksnoris, Senior Consultant, Arthur Alley. I was recently with a group of board members, staff and other stakeholders of a human services organization. They had contracted our firm to perform a community needs assessment and strategic plan, and this was the day we were going to […]

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