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Fundraising

Fundraising is part art, part science. It is about knowing the landscape, building relationships and perfecting the skill known as "making the ask." This page compiles resources on the many aspects involved in fundraising – including grant writing, identifying funding sources and developing relationships"

2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Project Survey Report

Source: Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Fundraising Effectiveness Project, or FEP, released their 2015 FEP Survey Report. The FEP, developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, conducts a survey of nonprofits which measures data on the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.
Posted on: October 1, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising

Money for Good 2015 Report

Source: Camber Collective
The latest Money for Good, or $FG, Report from Camber Collective “identifies the segments of donors most likely to increase and/or shift their giving, strategic interventions to change those segments’ behavior, and opportunities to use three giving channels—workplace giving, point of sale giving, and donor-advised funds—to further increase, shift, and improve giving.”
Posted on: September 8, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Giving USA 2015: Donations Hit Record High, Up 7.1% from 2013

Source: Giving USA
The recently released Giving USA 2015, which analyses giving in 2014, found that Americans gave almost $360 billion, up 7.1% from 2013. While bequest, corporate, and foundation all increased, a 5.7% increase in individual giving accounted for almost $11 billion of the $18+ billion overall increase.
Posted on: July 14, 2015
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Giving USA Report - A Closer Look

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
The 2015 Giving USA Report has been released and the headlines are all about how charitable contributions have bounced back and giving is up. Great news! Ruth McCambridge, Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly, encourages us all to look deeper into where the money came from and where it is going. In this article she posits that the distribution of that money is out of balance in the same way as wealth has become imbalanced—it remains relatively close to the wealthy “home” and is devoted to larger institutions.
Posted on: June 16, 2015
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

2015 M+R Benchmarks Study

Source: M+R Strategic Services
M+R Strategic Services released their 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study, a detailed analysis of data from a survey of the online communications, advocacy, and fundraising of 84 nonprofits.
Posted on: April 23, 2015
Topics: Communications | Communications for Advocacy | Data & Research | Fundraising | Marketing | Social Media

Infographic: A Brief History of Charitable Giving

Source: Tech Impact
Tech Impact, a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits more effectively use technology, recently shared a great infographic of the history of charitable giving dating back to 2,500 BCE.
Posted on: March 16, 2015
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

5 Lessons from 5 Years Leading Digital at a Nonprofit

Source: Ragan
Paull Young, former Director of Digital at nonprofit fundraising and marketing wunderkind charity: water, shares the lessons he learned raising more than $37 million.
Posted on: February 24, 2015
Topics: Communications | Fundraising | Marketing

From an Overhead Myth to an Overhead Solution

Source: Overhead Myth
Jacob Harold, President & CEO of GuideStar, recently posted a call to nonprofits on the Overhead Myth campaign's blog. He shares a letter that outlines three steps nonprofits can take to help "solve" the overhead problem as well as a great list of resources to educate both yourself and your funders.
Posted on: November 6, 2014
Topics: Fundraising | Leadership | Philanthropy | Sustainability

GrantStation's Fall 2014 State of Grantseeking Report

Source: GrantStation
GrantStation released The Fall 2014 State of Grantseeking™ Report, which analyzes funding trends for more than 1,400 organizations to help you be more strategic in your grantseeking.
Posted on: November 3, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Grant Writing | Philanthropy

As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper

Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy analyzed $180 billion in charitable donations, using IRS data from 2012. They found that, while the wealthy gave less, middle- and lower-income Americans gave more of their income, despite earning less overall compared to six years ago.
Posted on: October 6, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

New Giving Data Available

Giving USA has announced the release of its latest report, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year of 2013.
Posted on: June 17, 2014
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Asking for a Gift Personally

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
“Hello, Sarah. This is Simone. How are you? “I’m calling to thank you for your gift to the Women’s Fund—and to set up a meeting. I’d like to take you to your favorite coffee shop…tell you how we’ve been spending your money…and talk about another gift. “Great! Tuesday at 10 a.m. See you there.”
Posted on: June 5, 2014
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

Nonprofits Fall Short at Online Fundraising

The Online Fundraising Scorecard is the first of its kind in the charity world. The researchers analyzed the fundraising habits and donor experience of 151 national charities, including 100 of the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy 400, and documented the results. The results shine light on the gap between known best practices around online fundraising and what is actually occurring.
Posted on: February 4, 2014
Topics: Fundraising

A Few Bad Apples Bruise the Brand of the Entire Sector

Source: GuideStar
In the communications business perception is reality. And lately the media has provided the giving public a large dose of perception that many nonprofits are often less than accountable or honorable in the use of the funds they raise, as well as the tax-exempt status the government bestows on them to do public good.
Posted on: January 16, 2014
Topics: Fundraising | Marketing

Finding the Right Development Officer for Your Organization

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Nonprofit consultant Simone Joyaux shares her strategies for finding the best development officer for your organization in a series of articles for Nonprofit Quarterly.
Posted on: December 30, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Human Resources

Questions I'm Most Often Asked about Winning Foundation Grants

Source: GuideStar
Martin Teitel shares his observations on successful grant applications, learned from decades of working with charitable foundations, in a recent post for GuideStar's blog.
Posted on: December 5, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Grant Writing

Snagging the First-Time Donor

Source: GiftWorks
Fundraising software company GiftWorks shares 7 tips for converting a first-time donor into an ongoing supporter of your organization.
Posted on: November 14, 2013
Topics: Fundraising

2013 Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Source: NTEN
Idealware and NTEN partnered to compile and release the 2013 Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems. The 160-page guide summarizes and compares 36 different systems, all of which cost under $10,500, gives in-depth reviews of the 11 most popular systems, and has a directory of consultants if you need help choosing or with implementaiton.
Posted on: November 1, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Technology

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations

Source: Foundation Center
The Foundation Center released Key Facts on U.S. Foundations a new report on total foundation giving, as well as priority and geographic focus.
Posted on: October 18, 2013
Topics: Data & Research | Fundraising | Philanthropy

Counter-Intuitive or a New Path to Profit?: What Donors Can Teach Us About Making More Money

Source: npENGAGE
Penelope Burk, President of fundraising consulting firm Cygnus Applied Research and best-selling author, presented at Blackbaud's npNEXT 2013 conference. In her presentation, "Counter-Intuitive or a New Path to Profit?: What Donors Can Teach Us About Making More Money", she shares insights on what donors want based on annual donor surveys conducted by her firm.
Posted on: October 18, 2013
Topics: Fundraising | Philanthropy

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