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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...

Facebook COO Donates Another $100M to Charity
August 18, 2017 at 11:03 am

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg just made her second $100 million charitable donation in less than a year. At the end of July, Sandberg donated 590,000 Facebook shares worth nearly $100 million to the Sheryl Sandberg & David Goldberg Family Fund, a philanthropic fund at Fidelity Charitable, according to a regulatory filing released on Thursday. This donation follows a similar…

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...

Get in the Spirit: 5 Best Practices for a Fruitful Year-End Fundraising Campaign
August 16, 2017 at 11:29 am

Once the leaves begin changing colors, we know that we’re entering the fall season, which also means we’re at the cusp of the most exciting—and generous—time of the year. The holiday season is kicked off with the most playful of them all: Halloween, where children, and adults alike, engage in ghoulish activities...

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…

Bill Gates Reduces Microsoft Stake with $4.6B Donation
August 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

Bill Gates has given away $4.6 billion to charity in his largest donation since 2000. He remains the world's richest person, despite giving away 64 million shares in Microsoft.The shares are equivalent to 5 percent of his total fortune, currently estimated to be $89.9 billion. Since 1994,  Gates and his wife Melinda have given away a…

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…

Pop Quiz: How to Approach the Richest People in Town for a Gift
August 14, 2017 at 11:16 am

Do the wealthiest people in your community seem beyond your reach? Perhaps there’s a business person in your city who seems to have her fingers in most everything. She is the developer of the town’s most prestigious residential community...

Who Else Is On Board?
August 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

Any major gift officer who has been working for a few years has heard this phrase uttered by one of their donors, “Well, who else is going to fund this project? I don’t want to be the only one to invest in it...

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?...

Is This Smart 'BEAM' Button the Future of Philanthropy?
August 11, 2017 at 10:47 am

Most Millennials consider themselves social activists and want to make the world a better place, but our current culture of “clicktivism” leads to relatively little impact and blurs the line between boots-on-the-ground cause-based work and idle browsing. And, while the Internet and social media have catalyzed extraordinary movements like the Obama Campaign and electing LGBT…

We Don’t Provide Direct Service, We Have No Stories to Tell
August 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

Your organization has no cute kids, puppies or people that you regularly serve. But you keep hearing that you’re supposed to share those “mission moments” about real people to engage your community. How does sharing powerful stories work for you?...

A Fundraiser's Work-Related Bucket List
August 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

Because I am talking about my work-related bucket list, my goal would be to achieve items on this list before I retire from this field. Because I am a senior professional, the window to obtain each item on my list is growing smaller with the passing of time. Let’s look at my list and see if I have achieved any of these special things and which ones are left to mark off the bucket list...

Don’t Let It Creep Up on You: How to Rock Your Year-End Fundraising
August 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Have you started planning how to rock your year-end fundraising? Say what? I can hear you now, “Pam, it’s summer, and I’m going on vacation next week! Stop already.” But hey, the stats don’t lie. Almost a third of all annual giving occurs of December. Twelve percent of all giving happens in the very last…

Faster than the Speed of Sound
August 9, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Want your fundraising program to rocket to the heights? It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Social media has redefined the communications paradigm—more power, more immediacy, more often than ever before. Tools are value-free, however...

$10M Gift to Support Students at Kelley School of Business, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
August 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

Indiana University has announced a $10 million gift from anonymous donors to support undergraduate and graduate students at both the Kelley School of Business and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The gift is composed of two equal endowments of $5 million that will create financial aid opportunities at each school. "This remarkably generous gift…