Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

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Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

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Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 2

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The largest theme that is constant in disaster philanthropy is partnership. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina , about 22% of total funding went to the American Red Cross (ARC). About 50% of funding at this point for Hurricane Harvey has gone to ARC.

Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

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National Philanthropy Day—minus the turkey—is much the same, with our family comprised of funder and fundraiser alike, with donors committed to the communities where we live and work joining with the professionals who have helped them match passion with cause.

Philanthropy Is a Leadership Issue

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Leaders cast vision that grabs the attention of donors. Donors fund work that allows nonprofits to employ specialists. If you are like one of the nonprofit leaders in the study, you will love Philanthropy by the Numbers from Blackbaud’s npEXPERTS.

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5 Healthcare Philanthropy Tips for CEOs

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As proven through the many years of partnership we have had with healthcare philanthropies, it is no surprise that we have seen many foundations faced with very similar challenges. Include your governing board and foundation board and secure funding ahead of time.

Understanding the Reasons for Nonprofit Donor Churn

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When nonprofits want to pinpoint where their donors are leaving, they often look at the last thing that happened to their donor as the tipping point that got them to stop donating. Understanding Donor Behavior. Let’s look at: What motivates donors to give to your charity?

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 75: Best Practices in Disaster Philanthropy

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Donors want to help when disaster strikes, but they often don’t realize how long disaster recovery can really take. The current state of disaster philanthropy. How philanthropy fits into the overall disaster response landscape. Resource: Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.

The Critical Role of Healthcare Philanthropy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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I believe our healthcare organizations , their philanthropic partners and donors will endure and emerge stronger from this crisis. The tradition continued during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic that saw countless hospitals bolstered by philanthropy.

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5 Trends in Giving That Will Reshape Philanthropy in 2017

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2016 was a record-setting year for philanthropy, with Americans donating more than $373 billion and communities across the globe setting new standards for #GivingTuesday. The Philanthropy Outlook from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy projects a 3.6

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Why You Need to Broaden Your Organization’s Funding Horizons

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For all the attention paid to how nonprofits raise funds, there is very little public understanding about the practice of fundraising and the various income streams nonprofits rely on. Without their top five donors, they would cease to exist.

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The Rise of Donor-ism

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Donors today want to be in the driver’s seat. As the sector has seen before, trends in donor stewardship follow the marketplace. This, my dear readers, is the rise of donor-ism. Download your copy and learn how you can embrace the era of donor-ism!

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Trends in Philanthropy: 4 Ways Nonprofits are Changing

Gerard Tonti

Without the opportunity to gather as a community, how can your organization make sure your donors are staying engaged with your mission? Inform donors about additional tax incentives. Tell your donors about it as another incentive to give. . Call your donors.

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Donor Retention: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Raise

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And it’s all about our donors , the ones who are deserting us. Donors can be fickle, and they’re fleeing our organizations in vast numbers these days. Research completed by Target Analytics® in 2015 shows that: Only 29% of first-time donors renewed their gifts.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

Earlier this week, I had the terrific opportunity to participate on a panel at the US launch event for “Philanthropy and Social Media”, a whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy and The Indigo Trust. Philanthropy has been able to move into the real time web, too.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions. Building a deeper fundraising strategy can help you: Raise more funds.

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Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy

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Today’s nonprofit marketers must be experts in learning how to shift their organizational culture towards a culture of philanthropy. This gets to the heart of the best practices that are needed to create a culture of philanthropy within anonprofit organization.

5 Ways Matching Gifts Can Turn Donors into Major Gift Donors

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But what you know may not know is that promoting matching gifts can also help cultivate donors into major donors. Reaching out to donors about matching gifts establishes trust. . Nonprofits can connect with donors without asking for another gift.

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Donor-Advised-Fund Tool Sends Gifts Directly to Charities - Online Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Donor-Advised-Fund Tool Sends Gifts Directly to Charities - Online Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : Donor-Advised-Fund Tool Sends Gifts Directly to Charities By Holly Hall Charities can now make it easier for donors to make gifts from donor-advised funds by using a simple application on the nonprofits’ Web site.

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Corporate Philanthropy: Adapting to a Changing World

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Thus, corporate philanthropy is on the rise. One incentive for corporations to start their own foundations is that the funding comes entirely from their business revenue. This frees them from the pressures of donors and stakeholders, giving them more control over where the money goes.

32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy after 40 Years of Static Giving


With that in mind 35 influential leaders from across the nonprofit industry came together at the Growing Philanthropy Summit to develop an action-oriented agenda on growing philanthropy. Key themes that emerged include: Enhancing the quality of donor relationships.

Three Reasons Why It’s Necessary for Philanthropy to Engage Black Americans

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of Americans are non-Hispanic whites , Americans of color still struggle for their voice in many areas of society, namely philanthropy. So, here are my top three reasons nonprofits need to engage African American donors for support: #1: If You Ask, You Will Receive.

Let the Donor Decide: Don’t Assume Giving is Off the Table During a Crisis

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Let’s not make giving decisions for the donor. Here are six tips for dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with your donors: Build an authentic story. Boomer donors want to be affiliated with those they admire. Select the top 25 donors for each gift officer. Each gift officer on the team should start with no more than 25 current donors with whom to work virtually over the next six months. Get tips for communicating with donors during uncertain times.

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Apple Pay for Nonprofits: Frictionless Online Philanthropy

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Apple has had a rule that banned iOS apps from collecting funds for charities or fundraisers via Apple Pay. That means if they collected funds, it would have to take place outside the app, such as through a browser or text. Fundraising Mobile Philanthropy

6 Technology Tips for Community Foundations to Engage Millennial Donors

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In philanthropy, we have seen the shift from checkbook philanthropy to results-driven philanthropy. This is especially true of the next generation of donors: Millennials. Think from your donor’s perspective and don’t make giving a hassle.

Does Your Business Need a Custom Corporate Philanthropy Platform?


Corporate Philanthropy Drives Business Results. Other companies are using more diverse types of corporate giving – such as employee matching gift programs, volunteer opportunities, and non-cash donation drives – to increase philanthropy and improve their ROI.

What Donors Want – Fundraising Advice Straight from the Donor’s Mouth

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What Donors Want – Fundraising Advice Straight from the Donor’s Mouth – Guest Post by Rachel Stephenson Sheff. Advisors, I produce a podcast called What Donors Want where we ask donors questions just like these. Guest Post Philanthropy

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Exploring the Latest Millennial Research

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Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. This session focuses on Millennial Donors, with Angela White from JGA presenting. What did they find out in the Millennial Donor Report? Help Millennial donors experience your cause online.

Attention nonprofits: We don’t know our donor data!

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Many nonprofits don’t know their donor data. If we don’t know our donor data, how can we effectively plan a fundraising appeal? Combat the challenges of donor retention? So, how do we know that nonprofits don’t know their donor data? What’s worse, DONOR data degrades faster than most any other type of data. Because donors are people, and people’s lives change. Answer: only what is stored in the donor database.

Don’t get bogged down in data « Philanthropy North Carolina

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Don’t get bogged down in data « Philanthropy North Carolina : "nonprofit and philanthropy professionals love data, maybe too much. Numbers, used sparingly, can help explain a community need, measure how a charitable program is helping to address it, and show donors and funders the return on their investment in the program.

“Getting Real” with Donors: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Securing Unrestricted Gifts

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A new building, a new program, a new artistic endeavor – all exciting opportunities to raise more donor dollars! These do not seem like sexy, glamorous opportunities for donors, but that does not mean they are not worthy. In fact, I would argue they are the ideal opportunity for a donor to prove his or her commitment to your organization’s mission and these sort of gifts should be celebrated and recognized to the utmost extent. Recognize that donors are investors.

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Tech's new entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy

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Tech's new entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was giving $500 million worth of his stock to the non-profit Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which helps donors manage and identify charitable funds that are in line with their philanthropic passions

[New Report] Giving in an Uncertain Year

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And the question all along has been: through all this tumult, how was philanthropy affected? Many organizations have seen a huge influx of new donors, particularly when their causes are in the political spotlight. Across the world, 2017 was a year defined by change and uncertainty.

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Show The Love: Thoughtful Engagement to Retain Donors [eBook]

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What happens when 14 nonprofit experts come together to share tried-and-true donor retention strategies, tips and ideas? You end up with an extremely useful resource for any nonprofit professional looking to improve donor retention rates.

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Online philanthropy boosts educators | Tallahassee Democrat |

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Online philanthropy boosts educators | Tallahassee Democrat | : Howell turned to the Internet for help. Donors Choose is a charity website where teachers can post their needs as projects in the hopes of finding donors. The website even tells you projects under $400 tend to get funded quicker Though a combination of social media and the website, she was able to raise the money she needed in two days.

7 Ways to Integrate Stories into Your Nonprofit’s Donor Stewardship Strategy

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Guest post by Vanessa Chase : Fundraising & Communications Strategist, Storytelling Enthusiast and Philanthropy Advocate. Donor retention is an on-going conversation in our sector and any time it comes up, people start to panic. We all know what we have donor retention troubles.

Building Windows in Philanthropy: 4 Benefits of a Culture of Transparency

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Today, philanthropies are at a similar impasse, but the call for transparency isn’t a completely new phenomenon. 4887) are calling for unprecedented levels of transparency from government agencies, grantmaking institutions, and grant-funded organizations alike.

Attract Funding in 2014 with ClickTime's Web Timesheet Solution

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With that growth comes competition for funds and projects: as a public benefit corporation in the current economy, proving your impact is crucial for survival. Secure Funding by Reporting Successful Outcomes. Overhead costs can make or break your ability to attract funding.

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Physicians and Philanthropy: Make it Easy and Make It Quick

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Before getting to how to make it easy for the physician, let’s think about how development programs engage their doctors: The most basic programs ask physicians to be donors. Funds can be raised; however, this does nothing to enhance patient relationships. This is not a new subject.

Crowdfunding Website Charidy Has Unique Formula for Giving-Day Success - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

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Crowdfunding Website Charidy Has Unique Formula for Giving-Day Success - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : "A new model of crowdfunding and giving days is gaining traction among Orthodox Jewish nonprofits in the U.S. Charidy, an online platform created in 2013, combines the heft of major donors, the pressures of time, and an all-or-nothing funding contingency." 'via

A new chapter for philanthropy? | Culture |

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A new chapter for philanthropy? If the project reaches its target funding, the donors will be given a small reward (in fact the bigger the donation, the heftier the reward – rising fromCulture | "Today a new website,, opens for business. It's an intriguing idea: it hopes to support specific arts projects via donations, of any size, given online.

New E-Book: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Nonprofits

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Is culture of philanthropy embedded in the way that everyone does their work? What is a culture of philanthropy? In the nonprofit sector, there is growing understanding about the importance of creating a culture of philanthropy to power effective fundraising.