Developing a Shared Focus Donor Strategy to Overcome Political and Socioeconomic Divides

Published October 8, 2021

By: Bobby Thalhimer, Senior Consultant at The Monument Group How we led the Virginia Funders Network to build a 100-member statewide network in 9 months, exceeding the member target by 100% and exceeding the revenue target by 30%   At the start, we faced many hurdles. Two prior efforts to build statewide philanthropic networks in Virginia failed in their infancy. Virginia seemed […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!: a Comparison Between Fundraising and Baseball

Published September 24, 2021

By Poonam Prasad, President at Prasad Consulting & Research     By Janet Harris, Senior Consultant at Prasad Consulting & Research       Now that fall is in the air, many of us turn our attention to America’s traditional pastime: baseball. While you’re daydreaming of your hometown team making the playoffs, ask yourself, “What […]

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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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Look Before You Leap Into Diaspora Funding

Published February 24, 2021

There is a gulf between the optimism of many nonprofits seeking funding from diaspora groups and the reality of just how challenging this can be. Before we take the leap and invest time, effort and cash, let’s explore the attraction of this funding stream, the real-life challenges, and ten practical things we can do to […]

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Gratitude is Power

Published February 23, 2021

As Development and Fundraising Counsel, our clients are often focused only on fundraising goals. In our role we have a duty to remind them of their superpower that, when used strategically, can change hearts and change the world through increased contributions. That power: showing gratitude to donors. Arthur Alley offers the strategies below. Please share […]

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