Counterintuitive Fundraising

Published November 13, 2020

By Timothy M. Winkler, Sr., MA, CFRE, Principal, Founder, and CEO at Winkler Group   When I was younger—right out of college—I thought it would be cool to learn how to white water kayak. I lived close to excellent kayaking spots, so I signed up for a three-day introductory class at a white water center […]

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Will Reactionary Sustainer Donors Retain? Here’s What History Tells Us

Published October 30, 2020

Britt Fouks, Vice President and Managing Director at TrueSense Marketing   2020 has brought more challenges (and distractions) than any other year in the recent past. Not all challenges are negative, however. Some organizations are experiencing a positive uptick in new donors to aid their mission, including new sustainer donors. Many of the organizations experiencing […]

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A Vote for Philanthropy: Election Season and Boundless Generosity

Published October 20, 2020

Written by President and CEO Elizabeth Zeigler, Executive Vice President Pat House, and Senior Counsel Gina Vaughn at Graham-Pelton   There is a real theme of tenacity in American culture. Picture the Energizer Bunny, the one that keeps going and going. Or The Little Engine That Could, which, well, did – and this year celebrates […]

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The Pandemic and Gift Planning: What We’ve Learned and What to Expect

Published October 16, 2020

Nathan Stelter, President of The Stelter Company   Earlier this month, nearly 1,000 fundraisers gathered online for the first-ever virtual national Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) Conference. Each year, this conference offers top-tier education, inspiration, and connections—and this year was no exception. I was honored to be a part of this year’s lineup as a co-panelist […]

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Four Year-End Virtual Fundraising Ideas You Should Try

Published October 14, 2020

Abby Jarvis, Nonprofit Education Manager at Qgiv   If you’re like a lot of nonprofits, you may be looking for new ways to connect with your donors this year. 2020 has been such a wild ride, and the last quarter doesn’t seem to be shaping up to something much different. Will you be able to […]

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Virtual Events: Embrace the Opportunities

Published September 29, 2020

Jeri Kendle, Consultant at Phoenix Philanthropy Group   A recent study conducted by Charity Navigator and Reuters News gauging the impact of COVID-19 on the nonprofit sector showed 83% of respondents are suffering financially. The pandemic has also restricted their ability to raise critical funds; 74.6% of nonprofits reported cancelling in-person fundraising events. Nonprofits struggle […]

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Raising Major Gifts Is Not Only Possible During a Pandemic, It’s Vital.

Published September 9, 2020

By Missy Gale, CFRE, President & CEO of M. Gale & Associates   Recently I’ve had several nonprofits ask about raising major gifts during the pandemic. Concerns range from being sensitive to a donor’s potential negative financial circumstance to how to make an ask when you can’t meet in person. Last month we shared results […]

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Human Centered Focus

Pandemic Reminds Us a Human-Centered Focus Remains Vital

Published August 11, 2020

By Ted R. Grossnickle, CFRE, Senior Consultant and Founder, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates and Chair of The Giving Institute   The pandemic has caused us to rapidly change how we do things. In doing so, we have proven that we can change—even if imperfectly. The racial injustice and equity protests quickly roused and sensitized people […]

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Capital Campaign

iWave’s Capital Campaign Guide: Back to Basics

Published August 10, 2020

By the iWave Content Team   Are you considering starting a capital campaign for your nonprofit organization’s next big project? This form of fundraising is a great way to get the funds you need within your desired timeline. Though for your campaign to be successful, you’ll need the proper tools. Before we get to the […]

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