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3 Key Insights from the 2019 Major Gift Benchmark Study

Published February 11, 2020

By Jeff Giannotto, Senior Solutions Advisor at MarketSmart An argument can be made that research is the backbone of The Giving Institute. As the mission statement reads, The Institute exists “to actively champion thought leadership that empowers philanthropy.” What better way to do that than through research? Opinions are great, but data is better, and […]

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Perfecting Your Fundraising Strategy in the New Year

Published January 22, 2020

By Aly Sterling, founder and president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy Perfecting Your Fundraising Strategy in the New Year With the new year comes a fresh start. You have a full 365 days to fill with fundraising activities, social activities, and positive impact activities fueled by gifts from donors. You have another year of efforts under […]

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The Campaign is Dead: Long Live the Campaign

Published January 7, 2020

By Greg Hagin, Managing Director and Adam Miller, Vice President of CCS Fundraising For more than 100 years, the traditional fundraising campaign has been the vehicle of choice for institutions to galvanize the community and secure significant gift commitments. For healthcare institutions, traditional campaigns are bigger and more popular than ever. In 2017, just over […]

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Your Next Legacy Donor Just Might Surprise You

Published November 19, 2019

By Jim Yunker President and CEO The Yunker Group. Refreshing Stories of Three Passionate Donors and Their Legacy Gifts Quiet volunteer leaves three nonprofits $1MM each Recently in Cincinnati, three nonprofits — a museum, public television station and a teacher free store – received news of sharing equally in the estate of a dedicated and […]

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32 Donor Marketing Best Practices to Grow Your Fundraising in 2020

Published November 8, 2019

By TrueSense Marketing. It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking past the holiday fundraising blitz and into your charity’s fundraising opportunities in 2020. TrueSense Marketing is excited to share with you the top fundraising best practices for 2020. Use these tips and tactics to win, keep, and lift even more donors and […]

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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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