Strengthen Fundraising Before the Next Recession

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Whether or not a recession is here, coming, or somewhere in the far distant future, one thing can’t be ignored: fundraisers need to manage a program that—while maybe not recession-proof—is constructed in such a way that one more recession won’t force the nonprofit organization out of business.

Four Easy Ways to Land Corporate Donations

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For most non-profit organizations, corporate donations only make up a fraction of fundraising efforts. Expert non-profit fundraisers often collect and organize donation histories using fundraising applications , then use this data to maximize their future outreach efforts.

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Little Giants, Big Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising From a Liberal Arts College

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Indiana’s Wabash College flies under a lot of peoples’ radars. Wabash knows how to leave a BIG impact, and can “school” other nonprofits on running a successful fundraising campaign. By the end of 24 hours, Wabash had reached 2,329 gifts and raised over $465,421. They averaged 2 gifts per minute and $199.84 per gift. Wabash College knows that it isn’t fundraising for an institution, it’s fundraising for a cause.

6 Key Insights from the Inaugural donorCentrics Athletics Benchmarking Group

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That was particularly useful for this setting because we could overlay information such as win-rate and schedule to discuss the impact those variables had on the fundraising trends overall. The analysis includes a $50,000 gift cap, excluding single gifts at or above the cap.

High Net-Worth Individuals: Your Joyful, Generous and Inspired Donors

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In a 2010 study by Indiana University and Bank of America, HNWI donors reported giving on average $35,000 a year when not engaged and $124,000 when engaged. Engaging HNWI in thoughtful, meaningful and productive ways resulting in them being “All In” garners mega gifts.

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Nonprofit Research Collaborative Releases First Report | Nonprofit.

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The coalition includes the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University , GuideStar USA , the Foundation Center , the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics , the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Blackbaud. November 2010 Fundraising Survey The first Nonprofit Research Collaborative fundraising survey is based on completed questions from 2,349 charities, 163 foundations, and 386 grant makers.

The One-Size-Fits-All Donor Model Is so Last Century

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As the United States population becomes even more diverse, fundraisers have an unparalleled opportunity to employ strategies that engage new audiences , bring new voices to the table, and enrich the nonprofit sector with new talent and leadership.

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A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?

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Note from Beth: Here’s a guest post from my colleague Steve MacLaughlin that is a great example of “ data informed fundraising.” ” A Fundraising Cliff? Are we approaching the fundraising cliff? Diversify your fundraising across the entire year.

3 Ways to Use Social Media for Higher Education Fundraising Success

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Follow these three guidelines to let social media work for your higher education fundraising success. Forget Direct Fundraising (For Now). As an experienced fundraiser, you know that fundraising dollars don’t roll in unless you have a relationship with those people first.

A Message from Your Donors: Wish You Were Here

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Adrian Sargent, Professor of Fundraising at Indiana University, describes the industry’s approach to donor retention by stating that while academic interest in the subject has been nil, even “practitioner interest in the topic has been scant.

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npNEXT 2013

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npNEXT was an experimental event to bring together experts and fundraising leaders from across the nonprofit sector to discuss emerging trends and next practices. This past September 30th, Blackbaud hosted over 30 senior fundraising leaders from the largest charities in the US.

Great reads from around the web on October 25th

Amy Sample Ward

" Women Give 2010 | Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University – "Women at virtually every income level are more likely to give to charity and to give more money on average than their male counterparts, after controlling for education, income and other factors that influence giving, new research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds.

Book Review: “Charity Case”

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These events raised $582 million in nine years and continue to shape event fundraising across the globe. But, they could deduct 100% of gifts to charity from their taxes. Nonprofit Management book review fundraising Non-Profit nonprofit

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Admitting the Problem: Your Donor Retention Needs Work

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Hartsook professor of fundraising at Indiana University. Sargeant has conducted various academic studies on fundraising. Sargeant said the problem wasn’t just the board, but also who the board was selecting to lead the fundraising efforts. “A Featured Fundraising

Charitable Giving Grew to $373.25 Billion in the U.S. in 2015

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The report was established in 1956 by the American Association of Fundraising Counsel, now The Giving Institute, and is made possible by contributions from The Giving Institute member firms, foundations, and other donors. Gifts to Foundations actually saw a decline of 3.8%

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5 Interesting Facts from the Giving USA 2011 Report

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The Giving USA 2011 report is out and the team at The Giving USA Foundation and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University have given plenty of data and statistics to sift through. The largest pledged gift in 2010 was $250 million worth of art and furniture from George M.

Debunking Five Myths of Online Fundraising


A good first step is debunking some myths about online fundraising that might stand in the way of your success. Myth #1: Online fundraising isn't as effective as offline techniques. In the 2007 Philanthropic Giving Index report published by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University , only 34 percent of nonprofits surveyed reported success with online fundraising, and participants ranked online giving as the least successful fundraising technique in the survey.

Giving USA 2011 Report

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The Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University , has released Giving USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year 2010. billion in grants and gifts made by corporate foundations to recipient organizations and individuals.

Great reads from around the web on January 24th

Amy Sample Ward

" 2011 NTEN Champions Fundraising Campaign by the Numbers | NTEN – "The funny thing about being the Nonprofit Technology Network is that it can be really hard to practice what we preach. Besides average gift amount, what might we expect?" I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of January 24th).

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Sheldon is an amazing guy: a Silicon Valley serial inventor and entrepreneur who’s known as the Indiana Jones of geophysics. He connected me with two fabulous senior fundraising consultants, who mentored me at Robert’s expense for more than a year on how to become a better fundraiser for social innovation. At my first meeting with this donor and Robert, Benetech received an incredible unrestricted one million dollar gift.

Are Qwerty Monsters the Nonprofit Donors of the Future?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The topic we explored was mobile fundraising, ranging from best practices, integration and why applications on phones haven’t taken off. Also, fundraising may not be your first objective with mobile. Are larger gift amounts soon to follow?

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Online Engagement and Giving: Making the Most of Real Numbers


There is little debate that online communication, fundraising, and advocacy have become important parts of the modern nonprofit's fundraising and marketing mix. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the amount raised or pledged for Haitian relief efforts, including corporate donations during that period was $575.4 In 2009, more and more organizations started to integrate mobile communication into their marketing and fundraising campaigns.

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New Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy | Nonprofit Trends with.

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The study is part of an ongoing research partnership with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University , which began in 2006. of wealthy households reported that they give when they believe their gift will make a difference 67% of wealthy households would somewhat or dramatically decrease their charitable contributions if they received zero income tax deductions for their donations 67.5%

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Why do people give charity?

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It turns out that much of what fundraisers think they know is right, but there is a lot of subtlety. The research suggests matches lead to more giving, but the type of match — whether 1x or 2x or 3x the gift — had no impact at all. Matching gifts were another good example.