Giving To The Arts – What Goes Down, Must Come Up?

By David H. King, President & CEO, Alexander Haas, Inc.

You know the saying that what goes up must come down. This year, we’ve learned the inverse is true when it comes to giving to the arts.

What has been down is now coming up!

The 2013 Giving USA results show...

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Posted on 08.20.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Data Mining and Analytics: Finding Hidden Gold in Your Database

By Faön Mahunik, Executive Director of Research and Analytics, CCS

Data mining, or the process of collecting researching and analyzing data to determine patterns and trends, can be a useful exercise to provide information and usable knowledge to your non-profit organization. It can be used for development professionals to uncover potential...

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Posted on 08.13.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Shared Leadership: Today’s governing boards and nonprofit CEOs work together to strengthen social impact

By Richard Tollefson, Founder and President of The Phoenix Philanthropy Group

This past May The Phoenix Philanthropy Group published the first in a series of articles discussing the various intersections of the business sector and nonprofits. The article, published in InBusiness Magazine, represents an opportunity to speak directly to thousands...

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Posted on 08.06.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Encouraging News in the Latest Giving USA Report: And, a shift in donor giving trends emerges

By Angela White and Jeff Small of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates, Inc.

As a Giving Institute member firm, this is always an exciting time of year for us as we get to help refine, interpret, and unveil the results of Giving USA’s annual estimates of giving. The release of this rich...

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Posted on 07.14.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Perspectives from the Chair about Giving USA 2014 – Part II

By David H. King, CFRE Chair of the Giving Institute and President & CEO of Alexander Haas, Inc.

First, one unfinished piece of business from last year: When Giving USA 2013 was released, I wrote in this “Perspectives” column that saber-rattling from Washington about doing away with the tax deduction for...

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Posted on 07.02.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Perspectives from the Chair about Giving USA 2014

By L. Gregg Carlson Chair of the Giving USA Foundation and President of Carlson Fund Raising, LLC

I would like to take the chair’s prerogative to bring home a point I think sometimes gets lost when it comes to Americans’ donations to our country’s philanthropic organizations.

To wit, it is commonly perceived...

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Posted on 06.25.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Three Ideas for the Summer Institute

By Hank Goldstein, Director Oram Group, Inc.


Seems it's been put off another 15 to 25 years. I always found these estimates a squirrely business, way too dependent on fragile economic assumptions as indeed was the case in 2007-8 when the economy collapsed. We are now in another...

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Posted on 05.29.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Are Philanthropic Values Taught? Engaging the Young Donor

By Peter Fissinger, President and CEO, Campbell & Company

I recently found myself in a discussion with an experienced and generous philanthropist about younger donors. This person was frustrated with some younger entrepreneurs in his community who have significant wealth but are not involving themselves in the community the way he...

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Posted on 05.20.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Comments on the 2013 Report of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative

By John M. Cash, Ph.D., Senior Consultant and Chair of the Board, Marts & Lundy

The importance of private philanthropy, coming out of the worst economic downturn in more than 70 years, has never been greater, and the March report of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative on 2013 giving to more than 500...

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Posted on 05.14.2014 by Reponses: Contributors:

Rocky Balboa Philadelphia
How the Arts Transformed Philly Into a Place Rocky Balboa Wouldn’t Recognize

By Robert Evans of The Evans Consulting Group

The City of Brotherly Love just got some good news: People want to live here.

For the seventh straight year, the city’s population has grown, now standing at more than 1.5 million, according to a recent report from the Pew Charitable Trusts titled, “Philadelphia: The...

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Posted on 05.07.2014 by Reponses: Contributors: