Major Gifts

Donors Drop by 7% but Dollars Up 6.2%, Buoyed by Major Donors
October 17, 2022 at 10:51 am

U.S. charitable giving increased significantly in Q2 2022, but gains were accompanied by a continuing steep decline in donor acquisition and retention, particularly among new and newly retained donors, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s (FEP) Second Quarter Fundraising Report.

Frontline Fundraiser Credentials: 6 Things That Matter
October 14, 2022 at 10:43 am

A frontline fundraiser can have a long list of credentials (schools attended, diplomas, certifications, etc.) and be a total failure at actually doing major gifts. Conversely, a frontline fundraiser can have no schooling, no credentials, no certifications and be an outstanding high-achieving frontline fundraiser.

15 Questions to Go Deeper with Your Donor
September 26, 2022 at 10:40 am

To be a great major gifts officer, you must be curious about donors. Here are practical questions to unlock your donor’s interests.

Top 8 Nonprofit Major Gift Asking Blunders
September 14, 2022 at 10:53 am

A blunder is a careless mistake. It happens when you don’t 100% have a handle on what you’re doing, so taking good care becomes challenging. Have you ever blundered into disaster asking for a major gift? Let's review the top eight blunders I have encountered.

What Makes Wealthy Donors Tick?
August 23, 2022 at 10:55 am

The more fundraisers know about their wealthy donors, the better. Research shows they may have some traits that you should know about.

Provide Options In Your Ask
August 22, 2022 at 12:49 pm

Here is how one major gifts officer turned a donor’s $2,600 annual giving one year into a gift of $56,500 the following year.