Planned Giving vs. Major Gifts

Back in December 2016, our blog focused on major gifts fundraising.  With the arrival of a new year, it’s a great time to discuss major gifts versus planned gifts.  There are many similarities between the two, but a planned gift often requires more research and fundraising work – with potential for an even greater donation […]

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Happy Holidays!

Season’s Greetings from the iWave team! Whatever you’re celebrating this holiday season, we hope you give yourself time to kick back and savor everything you’ve accomplished in 2016.  If you want to know what we’ve been up to this year, please check out our Year in Review. To all our clients, partners, and friends: Happy New […]

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MAJOR GIFTS SERIES PART 2: The Four Steps of Major Gifts Fundraising

Last week, we defined major gifts and explored their huge positive impact on nonprofits of every size and cause.  This week, we are going to cover major gifts fundraising and the best practices of actually acquiring large gifts for your organization. So you’re convinced your organization needs to invest time and energy in major gifts fundraising.  […]

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MAJOR GIFTS SERIES PART 1: Why Ask For a Major Gift Anyway?

With another year almost over, now is a great time to reflect and get back to basics.  Here at iWave, our mission is to help nonprofits “raise more major gifts, faster.”  But what does that really mean? Major Gifts? Major Problem In a survey of 700 nonprofits in North America, nearly 60% of respondents said […]

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International Research Part 2: Designing an International Development Strategy

By: Jill McCarville In Part 1 of this International Research series, we addressed a number of questions that your development department should consider before deciding to research and solicit major gift prospects internationally. Now that your organization has decided to pursue international development, what are the best practices involved?  How do you get started? Allan Berezny, […]

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Mark Your Calendar: #GivingTuesday 2016

Tuesday, November 29th is #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  It’s also a chance for your nonprofit team to make an impact in your community and beyond. #GivingTuesday was created in 2012 in response to ideas about consumerism surrounding the US Thanksgiving holiday season. […]

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International Research Part 1: Is International Research Right for You?

By: Jill McCarville Let me guess: you’ve been hearing a lot about international research and fundraising lately, right?  If you work in the fundraising department of a nonprofit, chances are you’ve heard the buzz or someone has told you you’re missing out.  It’s true that international fundraising is on the rise, but is it worthy […]

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THE PAC SERIES: Conclusion

  Here we are at the end of the Propensity-Affinity-Capacity Series.  If you’ve been following this blog series, hopefully you’ve learned something new about prospect ratings.  If you’re just joining us, get started here. What did we learn? PROPENSITY Simply knowing a donor prefers a specific cause and has lots of money to give away […]

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THE PAC SERIES – CAPACITY: Does Your Prospect “Have” What It Takes to Be a Major Gift Prospect?

The third aspect of the PAC series is for some the most important, but for all, probably the most infamous.  Trying to determine exactly what your prospect’s capacity to give is can be very difficult.  There is usually no definitive answer, but every major gift ask usually depends on it. Defining Capacity You probably already […]

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‘Tis The Season (For Political Giving Research)

  Guest Post by Lori Hood Lawson As I write this, it’s less than 80 days until Christmas and it’s less than 30 days until this year’s US Presidential Election. Don’t worry – I’m not going to talk about politics but, rather, some interesting news on political giving. This is a completely nonpartisan blog post, […]

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