From Higher Ed to Nonprofit and Back Again
July 25, 2019 at 10:47 am

Why is there a seemingly mysterious divide between those who fundraise in the higher education space versus those who fundraise in the nonprofit space? Why do so many people feel that there is a bridge between these two worlds that somehow can’t be crossed?

How a Camp Experience Improved My Focus for Solicitation
June 28, 2019 at 9:37 am

I am currently engaged in a silent phase campaign to raise dollars for several Salvation Army priorities in Indiana. One such priority is through solicitation by acquiring funds to build new cottages for a camp in Southern Indiana...

More Nonprofits Are Becoming Eco-Friendly—Here's How Yours Can, Too
June 27, 2019 at 9:32 am

Most people who create nonprofit organizations do so because they have a charitable heart, and they wish to serve on the front lines of solving the worlds' toughest problems. One of the biggest issues we are facing today is epidemic pollution levels and rampant global warming...

So, You Are Interested in a Doctorate Degree in Education?
October 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm

I was recently with my niece who is a vice principal of an elementary school in Kentucky. She is very motivated and an excellent role model for her staff and students. While we were chatting at a family gathering, she told me she was interested in possibly obtaining a doctorate degree in education...

How Foundations Can Prepare for Disasters of All Kinds
September 12, 2018 at 12:50 pm

The root of the word “disaster” is based on the idea of a “bad star” or the stars misaligning. For foundations though, disasters can be a time to shine and provide aid and comfort while everyone else is flailing...

A Humanitarian Crisis: Separating Parents and Children
June 20, 2018 at 11:55 am

Turnkey’s clients include organizations like Church World Service and UNICEF, groups that address humanitarian crises around the world. We never expected to be confronted by a humanitarian crisis unfolding in our own home, on the southern border of the U.S. One created by our government...

Is CFRE Certification Worth It?
May 14, 2018 at 11:53 am

We are often asked if a degree or CFRE certification is necessary to be successful in major gifts. And this goes to a much larger question of the role education plays in preparing a person to do the job...

Is Your Philanthropic Support Going to the Dogs?
March 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

I was recently with a donor who is also an important volunteer to our organization. This donor is an excellent representative for our organization. My boss and I asked him to consider giving his philanthropic support to our upcoming campaign. He mentioned that our organization was at the top of his list of charities to support, but also noted when he passes away he was going to leave funds to the Humane Society for unwanted senior dog care...

Fundraising for Faith-Based Organizations in a Secular World
March 12, 2018 at 11:27 am

The good news is that the growing trend toward a more secular society has not produced a significant decline in financial support of the Army, and there's no reason it should stymie your efforts either. Following are important lessons for faith-based organizations to keep in mind while seeking support...

Why I Give Away Cash Out of My Car Window
January 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Around the first of each month, I go through my bank’s drive-through and get some cash in $5 and $10 bills. I keep the money in the console of my car to give away to people on street corners asking for assistance when I’m driving around...