Successful Fundraising Starts with a Strong Board

Keith Curtis, President, The Curtis Group

At The Curtis Group we often counsel clients on creating a board of directors who are both willing and able to raise major gifts. It’s one of the most common issues that causes frustration between nonprofit staff and their volunteer leadership. Staff complain that board...

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Posted on 04.16.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

5 Key Online Fundraising Trends from 2013

By Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud
Each year Blackbaud reports on charitable giving trends based on data from The Blackbaud Index, which has measured giving on a monthly basis for nearly four years. This year our charitable giving analysis measures actual data from 3,359 nonprofits representing $1.7 billion in online fundraising...

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Posted on 03.24.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Is “Overhead” a Valid Way to Evaluate Your Nonprofit?

By: Jeffrey Byrne
Jeffrey Byrne + Associates


Last June (2013), three of the nation’s most highly-respected thought leaders in the nonprofit world asked donors in America to look beyond overhead and help dispel the “Overhead Myth.”

Jacob Harold, President and CEO of GuideStar, Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator and...

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Posted on 03.19.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Maximizing the Client – Consultant Relationship

By:  Dr. William Arthur and Derek Alley, CFRE, Partners
Arthur Alley Associated


Organizations often call upon a consultant to help identify and seize opportunities, further mission, and address challenges.  Once the most appropriate consultant has been chosen and the work begins, the following recommendations can strengthen the likelihood of a productive,...

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Posted on 03.12.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Social Media Fundraising Lessons via London

By: Jon Biedermann, DonorPerfect CRM Fundraising Software

For the last few years I have the opportunity to speak at the CHASE UK Charity Conference held every year in mid February in London, UK.  This conference attracts over 600 nonprofit and association professionals from all over the UK and even Europe.

My presentation this...

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Posted on 02.26.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Lead Donors will Make or Break Your Campaign: 3 factors for success in cultivating lead donors

by Kris Kindelsperger, Ed. D., Senior Executive Consultant, [email protected]

More and more often, a small number of lead gifts determine the ultimate outcome of a campaign or any other major fundraising effort. The 2011 CASE Campaign Report noted that the top 10% of donors contributed 95% of total funds raised in...

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Posted on 11.13.2013 by Reponses: Contributors:

“I’ll need to check with my financial advisor about that.”

By: Jeffrey Byrne, President + CEO
Jeffrey Byrne + Associates


Has not every fundraiser or CEO heard this response when soliciting a prospective donor for a major gift?  “Let me check with my financial advisor about that $50,000 pledge you requested.” That normally sends chills up and down the spines of...

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Posted on 11.07.2013 by Reponses: Contributors:

A ‘Primer’ on New Sources of Funding

Nicole Nakoneshny
Vice President and Editor, Philanthropic Trends Quarterly
KCI - Ketchum Canada Inc.


At a time of tightening government support and an increasingly competitive, crowded fundraising marketplace, a growing number of charities are looking to new and emerging forms of revenue generation – things like debt financing and social enterprise...

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Posted on 10.17.2013 by Reponses: Contributors:

Changing the Conversation about Fundraising

By: Robert Evans & Avrum Lapin


All-too-often, fundraising professionals and nonprofit executives receive criticisms relating to the terminology and approaches toward fundraising. There is still a negative perception that fund development is an albatross around the necks of nonprofits, one that they must carry unwillingly and rarely embrace....

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Posted on 09.18.2013 by Reponses: Contributors:

Growth Capital, The New Magic Bullet Redux

By Leo Arnoult, President
Arnoult & Associates Inc.


In the summer of 2012, I posted an article about Growth Capital, the New “Magic Bullet, in which I defined and discussed a somewhat new focus for major gift fundraising that emphasizes substantial unrestricted multi-year grants from major...

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Posted on 09.11.2013 by Reponses: Contributors: