Crisis Crystal Ball: The Future of Fundraising?

Crisis Crystal Ball: The Future of Fundraising?

Published August 7, 2020

By Alan R. Hutson, Jr., MPA, CFRE, Principal & Managing Partner of The Monument Group   The pandemic and protests are creating uncertainty in almost every sector, including philanthropy. There are some big unknowns: How will COVID-related giving and the long-overdue focus on racial injustice affect the funds we’ll raise from individuals in the coming […]

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Use Fundraising Scenarios to Plan Amid Uncertainty

Use Fundraising Scenarios to Plan Amid Uncertainty

Published August 5, 2020

By Adam Wilhelm, Vice President of Campbell & Company and Product Owner of Beam Insights   In some of the most uncertain times that any of us can remember, developing contingency plans for your development program has never been more important. Our team calls these “fundraising scenarios”—mapping out what it would take to reach your […]

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Positive Trends

Positive Trends in Philanthropy

Published July 15, 2020

By Russ Hodge, CEO at The Hodge Group I hope this update finds you safe and healthy as we move into the second half of 2020. As you likely know, Giving USA recently released its numbers which showed that in 2019, Americans donated almost $450 billion to charity. Furthermore, in comparison to 2018, individual giving […]

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Laura MacDonald

Laura MacDonald Named 2020-2022 Chair of Giving USA Foundation

Published July 13, 2020

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE July 9, 2020 Chicago, IL – Laura MacDonald, CFRE, Principal and Founder of Benefactor Group, has been named Chair of Giving USA Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by The Giving Institute to advance the research, education, and public understanding of philanthropy. She was officially inducted on July 9 and will serve in […]

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Seismic Change

Seismic Changes in Institutional Philanthropy

Published June 29, 2020

By Dana Textoris, Managing Director at Grants Plus Can you feel it? The plates of institutional giving are shifting under our feet. 2020 is proving to be a year of seismic events—the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout, the mainstreaming of Black Lives Matter as a global movement, a U.S. presidential election that we can […]

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Keep Donors Engaged

Five Steps to Keep Donors Engaged in the Midst of Turmoil

Published June 17, 2020

By J. Erik Rogers, Chief Strategist, Major Gift Services at Dunham+Company Our country, and world for that matter, is entangled in the chaos of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and political and social unrest. For a nonprofit who relies on the concentrated attention and benevolence of its supporters to make change happen, staying present and […]

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Peer to Peer Fundraising

Exploring the World of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising During COVID-19


By Kelly Velasquez-Hague, VP of Content Marketing & Engagement at OneCause The power of peer influence and social media has greatly impacted the landscape of nonprofit fundraising. From endurance events to virtual challenges, crowdfunding, and do-it-yourself campaigns, peer-to-peer fundraising redefines giving experiences and the ways donors engage with the causes they support. Yet many nonprofits […]

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Giving USA 2020

Giving USA 2020: Charitable giving showed solid growth, climbing to $449.64 billion in 2019, one of the highest years for giving on record

Published June 16, 2020

New Giving USA report shows strength of Americans’ charitable support and provides baseline, context for current uncertain philanthropic environment CHICAGO [June 16, 2020] — American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $449.64 billion to U.S. charities in 2019, placing it among the highest years ever for charitable giving, according to findings in Giving […]

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Best Communications and Fundraising Practices During COVID-19 – Lessons for Today and for the Future

Published June 11, 2020

By Richard Tollefson, Founder and President at Phoenix Philanthropy Group The COVID-19 pandemic has understandably left everyone dealing with feelings of uncertainty and fear. This is hard and, for some, scary. Many local nonprofit organizations and their employees are suffering. Offices are shut, budgets are getting tighter by the day, valued staff is being furloughed […]

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