Paul D'Alessandro

Paul D'Alessandro

Paul D’Alessandro, J.D., CFRE, is the author of “The Future of Fundraising: How Philanthropy’s Future is Here with Donors Dictating the Terms.” He’s the founder and chairman of High Impact Nonprofit Advisors (HNA), and also D’Alessandro Inc. (DAI), which is a fundraising and strategic management consulting company with more than 30 years of experience in the philanthropic sector.

He has worked with hundreds of nonprofits to raise over a billion dollars for his clients in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, as a nonprofit and business expert — who is also a practicing attorney — Paul has worked with high-level global philanthropists, vetting and negotiating their strategic gifts to charitable causes. Paul understands that today’s environment requires innovation and fresh thinking, which is why he launched HNA to train and coach leaders who want to make a difference in the world.

Micro-Campaigns Can Lead to Huge Fundraising Results

It’s no secret that Facebook and other ad platforms don’t perform as they did in the past. An overwhelming demand for data privacy has resulted in new personal information safeguards, giving these ad platforms a more limited understanding of our behaviors.

The Ultimate Guide to Donor-Advised Funds

The number of donor-advised fund accounts in the U.S. surpassed 1 million in 2020, and grants to charities from the 10 largest donor-advised fund sponsors totaled $22.41 billion. So, let's dive into how donor-advised funds can help you with your overall fundraising strategy.

4 Reasons Why Donors Don't Give

One of the most crucial parts of nonprofit fundraising is finding donors. If a donor doesn't give, your organization can't adequately serve its mission. But creating a potential donor portfolio isn't always easy.

Got Hacked? Your Donors Know It

You know that digital media literacy and cybersecurity are vital. Nevertheless, hackers now use a new strategy specific to security, and it should give you pause. If you haven't made data protection your No. 1 priority, you’re placing your nonprofit at significant risk to be hacked.

Why Nonprofits Aren't Inclusive to All Donors

Nonprofits aren't intended to serve the elite. People establish nonprofits to support and improve the lives of others. Still, COVID-19 restrictions in municipalities have caused some donors to stop funding organizations.

Why Protecting Donor Data Is No Longer Optional

Data gets compromised and put at risk of being stolen or misused, including by nonprofits who haven't invested in cybersecurity. In short, we've reached a moment where the privacy lights are blinking red, and nonprofits must invest in cybersecurity. Protecting donor data is no longer just something nice to do.

Why Funders Care About Capacity-Building

Donors understand that data and technology are game-changers. So, if donors care about a mission, such as the eradication of cancer, ending poverty or high-quality education, they realize the source of fundamental change occurs with the partnership between technology and humans.

How the Supply Chain Problem Affects Your Nonprofit

The supply chain issue in the U.S. and abroad is something that affects all of us. However, it has ramifications for your nonprofit beyond what you may think. Sure, if you’re an organization reliant on providing things to people you serve, it could be an incredible challenge.

How Your Nonprofit Could Get Banned on Social Media

Imagine this: You run a domestic violence shelter, and your fundraising team is starting to realize that your ads aren't bringing in the money they used to on social media. Or, perhaps you lead a clinic related to women's health, and since reproductive rights is a lightning rod issue, the algorithms on social media decide that it's too hot a topic for ads. Again, your fundraising money and your activist posts take a hit.

What You Can Do About the Coming Nonprofit Crash

The next natural question, which readers repeatedly asked me following the publication of the “nonprofit crash” article, was “What can nonprofit leaders do to protect themselves?" Here are five essential actions you could do to protect your organization from the nonprofit crash...

The Money Redirect That’s Coming for Donor Wallets

The idea for many donors is to allow the donor-advised funds to grow to make more significant gifts in the future. Currently, there is no legal requirement to distribute gifts, and therein lies the problem. So, while more than $25 billion went to charitable causes in 2019, so much money remains sitting for years in DAFs, and not working for improving peoples' lives.

The Nonprofit Crash That’s Heading Our Way

GameStop made headlines around the world this year. You might be wondering, as a nonprofit professional, what this has to do with the industry. What you’ll soon discover is that a nonprofit crash is in the making. Moreover, leaders in the social good sector who believe “it can’t happen here” are mistaken...