Fundraising

Just One More Thing: The Essential Role of Curiosity in Fundraising
February 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm

Cultivating curiosity is essential in fundraising, yet it is an underutilized approach and hardly ever discussed within our profession. Some people think it’s rude to ask too many questions—I get that; but surely we fundraisers should be asking more questions than we do...

4 Fundraising Influencers Worth Following This Year
January 9, 2018 at 10:22 am

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” has been the go-to guide for those seeking business-savvy social skills for decades. In this book, tycoon Dale Carnegie popularizes the power of influence and uses his enormous wealth and popularity as a basis for his expertise...

How the Top 10 Philanthropists of 2017 Are Reshaping Giving
January 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

In 2016, the country’s top 50 philanthropists combined to give roughly $5.6 billion to various causes, according to an analysis of publicly made gifts. In 2017, the top 10 givers alone almost doubled that sum, sharing $10.2 billion overall to various organizations. In fact, the first, second, and third place top donors, who dropped a…

House Democrats Bring In Record Fundraising Numbers
November 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is touting major fundraising numbers fueled by increased grassroots activism, continuing a streak of record-breaking donations ahead of next year’s midterm elections. The fundraising arm of the House Democrats raised $7.68 million in October, including $2.81 million in online donations, according to numbers released Thursday. DCCC said it was its…

Big Problems Generate Small Gifts
November 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm

You may have heard of the fundraising technique called “fundcrushing.” It was presented to me recently as a novel way to raise money. It’s based on the mistaken assumption that your prospective donors will respond if they know truly how huge the challenge is you want to solve...

3 Reasons Why You Should Try Social Fundraising This Holiday Season
October 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

#GivingTuesday and the holiday season: We all know that this is the biggest time of the year for those in the giving space. Not only that, but we also happen to think that it’s the best time to try out social fundraising for yourself to see just how powerful it can be...

Gates Foundation to Shift Education Focus
October 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Marking a new chapter in education philanthropy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will step back from its traditional education reform agenda to instead invest close to $1.7 billion over the next five years on new initiatives that include a focus on building networks of schools. "Education is, without a doubt, one of the most…

Fundraising Sugar Highs
October 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Why do so many nonprofits go for the quick fix, the easy and obvious routes to raise money? Because they work … for a while. Shortcuts and silver bullets are offered up to us every day. You’ve seen them. You’ve heard the pitches. And the truth is, we’ve all gone for them at one time or another. We’re all a bit curious. Is there really a free lunch?...

George Soros Gave Nearly 80 Percent of His Wealth to His Charity
October 18, 2017 at 1:24 pm

George Soros just gave most of his wealth to his charitable organization, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The billionaire philanthropist transferred $18 billion to Open Society Foundations, a sprawling international group of charities that works in more than 100 countries on projects focused on refugee relief, public health and many other topics. The $18…

Eagles Defensive End Chris Long Is Donating His Salary
October 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Chris Long is donating the rest of his year’s salary to increase educational equality. The Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Va. Now, he’s using the next 10 to launch the "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow" campaign. ”My wife and I have…