Fundraiser Education

The Importance of ‘Real-Time’ Education
August 18, 2017 at 11:09 am

I was fortunate enough to participate in a session of meetings with national community relations/development leaders of The Salvation Army at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University last week. The Salvation Army was meeting with Lilly representatives to discuss a number of issues, including plans for their involvement with a 2018 National Community Relations/Development Conference in Indianapolis, Ind...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep. 13: How Do You Approach Wealthy Donors?
August 18, 2017 at 10:50 am

Welcome back to #NPPTrendingNow, a weekly video series where NonProfit PRO Editor-in-Chief Nhu Te breaks down the top three coveted stories of the week. Here's what we've got going on for you this week: Andrea Kihlstedt quizzes you with eight possible approaches for engaging wealthy donors; Nick Ellinger dives into donor retention; and we talk about how tragedies can spur charitable giving...

Bloomberg Charity to Fund Center Assisting State Attorneys General Targeting Environmental Regulatory Rollback
August 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

The NYU School of Law plans to launch a new center funded by Michael Bloomberg's charitable organization to assist state attorneys general that oppose moves by the Trump administration to eliminate and scale back environmental and energy regulations. The charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, which was founded by the former mayor of New York City, will donate…

VC Fundraising on Pace to Exceed $40B for 4th Consecutive Year in North America and Europe
August 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

Venture capital firms certainly have no shortage of cash to invest in startups. PitchBook released its 2017 PE and VC Fundraising report today for North America and Europe. Through July, $27.5 billion has been raised across 165 firms as venture fundraising is on pace to exceed $40 billion for the fourth consecutive year. It’s also…

Be a Better Fundraiser: Top 5 Stories to Read on National Nonprofit Day
August 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

The nonprofit space is a great area to be in. While fundraisers and professionals in the nonprofit sector continue to face the challenges on a day-to-day basis, they are surrounded by uplifting people who are passionate as they are about their mission and cause...

Climate Bonds Pioneered by Goldman Lure Storm-Plagued Cities
August 16, 2017 at 11:01 am

As climate change pushes U.S. cities to build protections against stronger storms and more frequent floods, the Rockefeller Foundation is helping cities with a novel kind of financing, one that transfers some of the risk of innovative projects from cities to investors. The foundation, established with John D. Rockefeller’s oil wealth, announced Wednesday it will…

Charlottesville: The Art and the Crime of Polarization
August 16, 2017 at 10:55 am

We watched in horror as Charlottesville, Va., erupted into violence this past week. Otis graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1979. There, he met the Dalai Lama, he met students of diverse backgrounds, he played basketball on a diverse team and he became a Buddhist…

Charitable Giving Takes a Stand in Wake of Charlottesville Tragedy
August 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

This past weekend, our country endured and witnessed another act of violence that will make its mark in history. The “Unite the Right” rally was a gathering of far-right groups in Charlottesville, Va. And unless you’ve been shielded from the media the past couple days, you’re pretty aware of the grisly details of the event...

What Fundraising Entrepreneurs Know About Raising Money
August 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

“Fundraising is both a science and an art,” says M. Gasby Brown of Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, one of the nation’s foremost fundraising firms. “It is great to give strategy,” adds her partner, Dwayne Ashley, “but an organization needs money coming in the door. If you don’t drive that result, nothing else matters.” Before Brown and…

Let’s Say ‘No’ to Automatic Sustainer Upgrades
August 14, 2017 at 11:07 am

At the recent Bridge Conference, I enjoyed several wonderful sustainer sessions. During one of those, someone asked about the automatic sustainer upgrade process some nonprofits are apparently using. My hair immediately started standing up straight! What happened to being donor-centric?...