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2017 DMAW MAXI Award: Alphabet Postcard Campaign From the Gabriel Group
February 14, 2018 at 12:54 pm

In this brilliant campaign,  The Gabriel Group dug deep into its vault to find a goldmine idea and brought it back to life. Its Alphabet Postcard Campaign featuring not 26 … but 27 separate postcards aimed at showing executives and development directors at food banks how they could benefit from a partnership with the Gabriel Group...

Bill, Melinda Gates Rethink US Philanthropy
February 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world’s top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country’s growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other. In an interview with the Associated Press, the couple said they’re concerned about President…

40 Nonprofit Trends for 2018
February 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

Are you living a meaningful life? After a pause to consider, most of us will answer, “not sure” or “not really.” It’s a hard question to empathically answer, “yes!” without doubt. As we scroll through headlines and highlights triumphantly displayed on our social media feeds, it’s hard to feel that we who answer phones, enter […]

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...

Think Hiring Experts Is Expensive? Try Amateurs
February 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

A job listing recently came across my desk for the chief marketing officer at a major nonprofit who will remain nameless. My eye dropped to the requirements for the position: a bachelor’s degree—not even specifically in marketing or communications...

Seattle Children’s Receives $60M Donation to Fund Care for Sick Children
February 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Seattle Children’s, the largest children’s hospital and pediatric research center in Washington state, says it has received the second largest donation in its history from the late Seattle businessman Bruce Leven, who passed away in September. The gift, announced Tuesday, is expected to exceed $60 million and will help the organization offer financial assistance for children…

What Is the Charitable Forecast for 2018?
February 12, 2018 at 12:09 pm

It’s a brand new year and with all the changes that have taken place in 2017, a good question circling the nonprofit space right now is what’s happening in our sector—or what’s to come in 2018? We covered this extensively, but before we said goodbye to 2017, something big happened in the U.S., which has serious implications for our sector: the passing of the new tax bill. So it’s more pertinent than ever for nonprofits to be prepared for what lies ahead...

Major Gift Officers: Just Do It!
February 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

At Veritus, we have worked with many major gift officers who, when we ask how it’s going with meeting and deepening their relationships with donors, we get a response like this: “Well, I haven’t been having much donor contact. I’m just not finished with all my planning for my caseload, and I have to get my goals done. And I really need to get more understanding of our programs... then I’ll be able to visit and get to know my donors.”...

Don’t Keep Your Monthly Donors Waiting
February 12, 2018 at 11:48 am

Earlier this week, I was talking with a client about their newsletter. It’s mailed to their monthly donors as a cultivation piece, with wonderful stories about how their gift has made a difference. It also goes to their active and major donors...

5 Fundraising Tips for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders
February 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm

The ongoing quest for funding can often feel like navigating a psychological minefield of cultural complexities and politics. Indeed, there were times I felt completely in the dark during the first few years that I was trying to get our ocean nonprofit Beneath the Waves off the ground and evolve from a small, grassroots organization.…