Do You Focus on Women? It Matters to Your Bottom Line.

Guest Post by Kathleen Loehr I am committed to growing women’s philanthropy. Why? I’ve been in the philanthropic sector for 35 years as a woman donor, fundraiser and nonprofit leader. In that time, I’ve seen women’s power and earnings grow – and the philanthropic sector repeatedly fail to take full advantage of this new reality. […]

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How to Make Better Sense of Your Wealth Screen Results

We all know a wealth screen is a powerful tool in a nonprofit professional’s toolbox.  But the results you get back can often be complex.  Without the right know-how, it’s easy to get confused.  Here are some proven strategies to better organize and evaluate your wealth screening results. Picture This Let’s imagine we just received […]

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Five Things You Need To Know About Women’s Giving Behavior

Guest Post by Kathleen Loehr Women give differently than men, but they definitely give. Take a look at these statistics: Single women are more likely than similarly-situated single men to give to charity. Women give significantly more than similarly-situated men at almost all income levels. Women have a significant impact on household giving patterns. For […]

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Optimize Your Nonprofit Newsletter to Attract More Donations

Effective communication is a vital component of relationship management.  This is especially true with relationships between nonprofits and their donors.  If an individual, company, or foundation contributes a donation of any kind, they deserve to know where their money is going and how it’s helping your mission.  If a donor is “in the know”, they […]

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It’s Not You, It’s Your Wealth Screening Method

Does trying to get to know your donors feel like stumbling around in the dark? Does getting an understanding of your donor’s wealth capacity feel like a never-ending uphill battle? Does finding out whether your donor supports organizations like yours feel like running a marathon with two left shoes? Does constantly hearing these analogies annoy […]

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Prospect Ratings: The Pillars of Fundraising Intelligence

At any one time, your nonprofit’s development office might be creating profiles for hundreds or thousands of past, present, and potential major gift donors.  And with each profile involving scores of data points, notes, and summaries, it’s easy to suffer from information overload. But what if there was a way to boil all that fundraising […]

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4 Things Fundraising Events Generate (Besides Money)

Guest Post by Summy Lau, Winspire The #1 goal of fundraising events – think fundraising galas, dinners, benefit concerts, golf tournaments, charity auctions and more – is to raise money. However, they also have significant fringe benefits that lead to more support down the line. In this post, we will look at four benefits of fundraisers […]

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What Are Donor Advised Funds and How Can They Help My Organization?

Defining donor advised funds According to the IRS, a donor advised fund (DAF) is a separately identified fund or account that is maintained and operated by a section 501(c)(3) organization, called the sponsoring organization.   Each DAF account is composed of contributions made by an individual donor.  Once the donor makes the contribution, the sponsoring […]

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Annual Funds: You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For

Part 3 of The Power of Research series by Mary Richter Background In this three-part series, I am going to highlight the ways in which prospect research informs and guides the work of development fundraising officers.  I’ve relied on my research skills to support my work as an annual fund director, campaign director, and advancement […]

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How to Fill a Fundraising Campaign Pipeline

Part 2 of The Power of Research series by Mary Richter Background In this three-part series, I am going to highlight the ways in which prospect research informs and guides the work of development fundraising officers.  I’ve relied on my research skills to support my work as an annual fund director, campaign director, and advancement […]

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