AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards Nominations Open
January 19, 2015

Once again for 2015, the AFP National Philanthropy Day Honors program is going viral! Instead of the written nomination form that you once filled out, we are asking you to show us. There is nothing more powerful than watching someone talk about his or her appreciation and awe of another person or organization. So, go ahead, blow us away with the stories of your favorite philanthropist and supporter from 2014.

The Most Important Part of Fundraising: A Culture of Philanthropy
January 16, 2015

Building a culture of philanthropy is the most important and dynamic program element fundraising professionals should do on a daily basis. As your organizational culture matures, your job becomes easier. Success of various degrees takes time, but failure in this area is not an option. Your organizational long-term philanthropic viability may depend on it!

Infogroup Acquires Nonprofit Marketing Firm Specialized Fundraising Services Inc.
November 13, 2014

Infogroup, provider of innovative business data and marketing solutions, announced the acquisition of Specialized Fundraising Services Inc. (SFS). Lisa Greene, SFS’s founder and a leading industry veteran, will become part of the executive team of the Infogroup Nonprofit Division. The Infogroup Nonprofit Division resides in the Infogroup Media Solutions business unit.

Founded in 2005, Specialized Fundraising Services provides highly personalized “boutique” style direct-marketing services to the nonprofit marketplace.

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster
October 29, 2014

The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. The charity’s shortcomings were detailed in confidential reports and internal emails, as well as accounts from current and former disaster-relief specialists.

What’s more, Red Cross officials at national headquarters in Washington, D.C., compounded the charity’s inability to provide relief by “diverting assets for public relations purposes,” as one internal report puts it. Distribution of relief supplies, the report said, was “politically driven.”

2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study Released
October 17, 2014

In Find Accounting Software's 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study, 142 fundraisers were polled about their use of technology. Each of the fundraisers shared how successful they’ve been growing contributions. They also described their software management platforms, communication channels and payment acceptance methods.

Key findings include: Revenue growth is not assured. Fundraiser believe in technology but often lack it. Leveraging the Web matters. Diversification is key. There is an optimal technology profile a successful fundraiser.


Fundraising Special Events Report: Raising Money and Awareness
July 25, 2014

The goal of any fundraising event is to raise money for a worthy cause. However, according to the recently released 2014 Special Events Report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, raising awareness and education is also an important goal of fundraising events.