Major Gifts

You Need to Make Mistakes
July 17, 2017 at 10:14 am

Making a mistake is one of the best things you can do. Did I just say that? Yes. And, I mean it. I’ve talked many times about how we all need to own up to our mistakes and that donors will appreciate it when you do. Today, I want to urge you not to be afraid to make mistakes...

The Summer of Major Gifts
July 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

Is the summer season of vacation home getaways to the lake, mountain, vineyard or coast making face time with your major donors elusive? As the saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Yes, join them on vacation!...

#NPPTrendingNow Ep. 9: What You Can Do to Attract Major Donor Prospects
July 7, 2017 at 8:15 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. Reigning this week are articles about getting major donor prospects, strategies for building nonprofit sustainability and the effectiveness of fundraising programs...

When Should You Hire a MGO?
July 3, 2017 at 10:20 am

You want to develop a major gift program for your nonprofit, but you’re not sure you have enough donors to warrant hiring a major gift officer. Or you are growing your major gift program, and you’re wondering when it makes sense to hire another MGO to add to your team...

5 Proven Ways to Find Nonprofit Major Donor Prospects
June 29, 2017 at 11:22 am

Major donor prospects don’t hide under rocks or fall from the sky, but if you look in the right places you will find them. Once you do, you’ll have the fuel you need to fill your major gifts fundraising pipeline. It’s your first step towards leading them along the continuum from interest… to greater involvement… to passionate investment...

Honda Pledges $1M to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to Improve Mobility for all Children
June 27, 2017 at 11:13 am

Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced a $1 million gift from Honda to establish the Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement designed to enhance pediatric mobility. The center will become the first of its kind to provide not only comprehensive gait analysis, but also spine motion analysis, sports performance programs and injury prevention. In addition,…

The Effects of Skepticism on Major Gifts Fundraising
June 26, 2017 at 11:53 am

It used to be that the average charity would have to simply ask and the donor would simply give, with no questions asked. All of that has changed. And this change has not dawned on many nonprofits or major gift fundraisers. This can be a major block to success for a major gift officer...

Back to ‘A, B, C’ Nonprofit Major Gift Program Essentials
June 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

There’s no substitute for the basics, as boring and tedious as they may be. This is true with anything in life, and major gifts development is no exception. The basics are boring, but they’re fundamental to your success...

Do You Want to Be an Awesome MGO?
June 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

When people ask you what you do for a living, how do you talk about it? When you are finished telling the person what you do and why, are they thinking: “Wow, this person really loves their job,” or “Hmm… I’m glad I’m not doing what they are doing...

A Cautionary Tale: Gift Solicitation Gone Wrong
June 12, 2017 at 11:15 am

Have you ever wondered what the ideal number of people is to solicit a gift? Is a one-on-one meeting best? Perhaps you should bring two people—your president and campaign chair? Or perhaps three people would be even better—president, campaign chair and board member. Sounds reasonable, right? Get a power team to solicit a power gift! But here’s a story that will set you straight...