A Gala Is Not Philanthropy
July 29, 2019 at 11:47 am

A gala is not major gift fundraising, nor does it really have anything to do with philanthropy. A gala is a way that nonprofits bring in cash—and in rare cases, enough net revenue to justify having one.

The Nonprofit Chatter Ep 11: Mass-Market Fundraising
July 23, 2019 at 11:37 am

In this episode of the Nonprofit Chatter, Nhu Te and Taylor Shanklin are joined by Mikhaela Reid, marketing director at Doctors Without Borders, and Jennifer Bielat, EVP of client strategy at Pursuant, to chatter about trends and challenges in mass-market fundraising. 

2 Social Science Insights to Strengthen Your Fundraising
July 16, 2019 at 11:24 am

At its core, fundraising is a persuasive craft. It involves using rational and emotional appeals to move listeners and readers to take some action, such as making a gift or volunteering time, in support of your cause. And while fundraising communications are often counterintuitive to people outside of the field, the reality is that most of its best practices are grounded in time-tested techniques and principles of classical rhetoric...

Do You Have a Crystal Ball?
July 12, 2019 at 11:33 am

I always believe in studying the past and present of a subject to obtain objective theories and practices. By this application of study, one is better prepared to interpret subject matter. In addition to the past and present, it is also important to examine the possible future of a subject...

Mind Power Empowering Powerful Fundraising
July 10, 2019 at 9:26 am

As a fundraising coach, one of my critical responsibilities is helping nonprofits set fundraising goals―both long term and short term. I've looked fundraisers in the eyes and said, "You can raise $5,000,000 in one giving day.”...

Warren Buffett Is Donating $3.6B in Berkshire Shares to 5 Foundations
July 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

Warren Buffett said he will donate $3.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway shares to five foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Oracle of Omaha will convert 11,250 of his Class A shares into 16.875 million Class B shares. About 16.8 million of these Class B shares will be donated to five foundations: Bill…

2019 Fundraiser of the Year: Lucas Metropulos
July 1, 2019 at 11:45 am

In 2004, Hurricane Frances left the only home Lucas Metropulos had ever known unrecognizable and uninhabitable. His family of eight suddenly became vagrant for two years with only a few possessions until their home was reconstructed. During those two years, Lucas and his family journeyed to the Bahamas...

2019 Nonprofit Professional of the Year: Ami Dar
June 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Ami Dar was conscripted into the Israel Army. At the age of 19, he was stationed at the Syrian border, and it was then he had a revelation: The people on the other side of the border are not his enemy. Though divided by a border, there were probably people on the other side willing to share socks with him...

Check Your Monthly Donor Journey
June 17, 2019 at 11:29 am

I just attended Fundraising Day in New York. One of my favorite sessions was about sustainers, of course! It was led by great moderator Paul Habig from Sanky; and two experienced monthly donor fundraisers, Luke Franklin from the ASPCA and Emily Stevenson from EDF...