Fundraising

The Secret Behind Every Fundraising Success Story
October 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

As a fundraiser, I’ve been to my fair share of fundraising parties, often hosted by a board member, donor or volunteer. While these events can be a fantastic way to connect and meet new potential major donors, I typically find them to be awkward, stiff and sometimes a little too heavy on the wine. Recently,…

GOP Moneymen: Ryan a Fundraising Juggernaut
October 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

Paul Ryan has been abundantly clear: As speaker of the House, he won’t spend all of his time jetting across the country to keep the National Republican Congressional Committee flush. But far from being concerned, top GOP moneymen believe the Wisconsin Republican will be a major boon financially for the party. The national network he’s…

How Analytics and Measurement Can Improve Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofits
October 27, 2015 at 9:57 am

Nonprofits can grow faster, solicit donations more successfully and better accomplish their missions through greater use of analytics. If you doubt the benefits of data, you can read the book Moneyball. The book and movie of the same name relate the true story of how Billy Beane, general manager of baseball’s Oakland A’s, rebuilds his…

Brown University Launches $3 Billion Fundraising Campaign
October 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

Brown University has formally undertaken what it calls the largest comprehensive fundraising push in the Ivy League school's history. The $3 billion "BrownTogether" campaign began Oct. 23, during a celebration at Pembroke Field. The university says the campaign will support education and research, campus infrastructure and student life. Brown president Christina Paxson says the fundraising…

Nine Lessons Learned From the People in Nonprofit Work
October 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

A few weeks ago, I was asked to speak to the Big Bend Association of Fundraising Professionals about anything I wanted to talk about. So I chose to talk about what I’ve learned working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for the past 30 years. I titled my speech “The Lessons I’ve Learned, Sometimes the…

Tips For an Effective Fundraising Appeal
September 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

Arguably, your fundraising appeal is one of the most important parts of your nonprofit crowdfunding campaign. It’s the heart of your cause. The meat and potatoes of your mission. The crucial part where you tell supporters what your goal is and why they should care. You know your crowdfunding campaign inside and out. But, you…

Music Festivals Increasingly Add Charity to the (Dance) Mix
August 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

What will it take to get millennials talking about the damaged Jefferson Memorial in Washington? Maybe a music festival with a lineup featuring Drake, the Strokes and other popular musicians. That’s what the Trust for the National Mall is banking on as it gets ready to host its first Landmark Music Festival in September, featuring…

How a Collaborative Approach is Helping NPR and Local Stations Raise More Money
July 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm

A little teamwork between NPR and some member stations is helping raise money for future public media projects. According to Current, more than $4 million has been raised in the last year by NPR working with more than 40 stations in cities, like San Francisco, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Boston and New York. What types of projects…

Hillary Clinton Campaign Refunds Mayor's Donation
July 17, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Six days after the FBI raided Allentown, Pa. City Hall, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton returned a $1,000 contribution from Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's campaign committee. The donation, made May 5 by Friends of Ed Pawlowski, was refunded July 8 by Hillary for America, according to Federal Election Commission records. The Clinton campaign and Pawlowski did…

In Search of the Magic Formula for Philanthropy
July 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Foundation staff and major donors may not hear much direct criticism of their foundations or giving, surrounded as they are by grantees and grant seekers. But it seems like everyone has a point of view on what philanthropists should be doing: You can’t flip through more than a few pages of The Chronicle of Philanthropy…