Donor Demographics

The Most Charitable States/Cities in 2016
September 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

If you have followed my blog posts through the years, you will quickly realize that I am a very proud West Virginian. I love my home state and city of Charleston. While my head rests in Indiana, my heart rests in West Virginia. The people do not have a great deal to give, but will gladly give the shirt off their back to those in need...

Who Exactly Are Your Donors?
August 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Who are my donors, and how have they engaged in the past? Most will answer this question in one of two ways. First, by quoting recency, frequency, monetary segments, complete with highest previous contribution and timing of the most recent gift. Second, by describing donor demographics/wealth with off-the-shelf segments or with their homegrown analysis...

How to Approach the Wealthiest People for a Gift the Right Way
August 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

Once you get over your misconceptions that rich people are so different and that they won’t want to talk with you, you’ll find that if you share common interests, you can bridge the wealth gap and build a relationship that may well lead to a gift...

How to Attract More Men to Your Mission
August 23, 2017 at 11:20 am

There isn’t a “more helpful” sex; both men and women help others. But the gender difference in the peer-to-peer realm is stark—women participate and fundraise at significantly higher levels than men do...

Membership Retention: What Are Member Preferences?
August 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

What’s a great way to steward your donors? Memberships! By incorporating membership options into your nonprofit organization, you’re allowing your donors to be more engaged in the organization. It also gives them some added benefits and simplifies giving, so they don’t “forget” to donate...

GuideStar at a Glance
July 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

If you have followed my blog posts through the years, you will quickly realize that I am a very proud West Virginian. I love my home state and city of Charleston. While my head rests in Indiana, my heart rests in West Virginia. The people do not have a great deal to give, but will […]

U.S. Veterans Organizations by the Numbers
July 10, 2017 at 1:07 pm

If you have followed my blog posts through the years, you will quickly realize that I am a very proud West Virginian. I love my home state and city of Charleston. While my head rests in Indiana, my heart rests in West Virginia. The people do not have a great deal to give, but will […]

And the Most Generous Country in the World Is …
June 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

The World Giving Index is an annual report published by the Charities Aid Foundation. It uses data gathered by Gallup and ranks more than 140 countries in the world based on how charitable they are...

A Career Lesson: Incentives Are Bad for Nonprofits
June 7, 2017 at 10:08 am

I (Katrina) have had several 10,000-hour thresholds in my career. I started my company, Turnkey, in 1989, so my first 10,000 hours happened around 2007 or so. By that time, while certainly not having achieved genius-level competence...