Focus on Philanthropy
A blog by the staff of The Curtis Group
Washington Post Launches New Section “On Giving”
Posted November 20, 2011 by Wesley Stanley, Marketing Director.
With Thanksgiving days away, we were reminded to share with our readers an interesting section recently launched by The Washington Post called “On Giving.” The new section, dubbed, “A conversation on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship,” will cover everything from corporate giving and social responsibility/entrepreneurship to charitable actions and personal finance. It will feature guest contributions from philanthropists, global development leaders, social entrepreneurs, academics and researchers. We thought this was an extremely valuable news resource for nonprofit leaders to follow and wanted to spread the word. So to view the section, click here and most importantly this week, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Preparing for the Natural Evolution of a Campaign
Posted November 16, 2011 by Wendy McGrady, Vice President.
With the tides beginning to turn in the number of requests we are receiving for campaign planning studies, it seems as though people’s thoughts are finally turning more towards campaigns. So often nonprofit boards want to see immediate and constant results when delving into a campaign, but in reality this is simply not the way a campaign works.
Strategic Fundraising Events
Posted November 09, 2011 by Keith Curtis, President.
While in Chicago last week for a Giving Institute board meeting we heard an interesting presentation on fundraising events by Jeff Shuck, President and CEO of Event 360, the Giving Institute’s newest member. Event 360 is a leader in the world of nonprofit event development and production, orchestrating events for some of the country’s largest nonprofit organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Needless to say, Jeff is an expert on successful nonprofit fundraising events.
The Right Approach to Board Solicitation
Posted November 02, 2011 by Keith Curtis, President.
Recently, we’ve had a lot of people ask about the best way to solicit leadership gifts from board members. As with any major gift solicitation (because that’s what you’re aiming for, right?), it’s always best to make an in-person ask. Having a board member solicit another board member in-person, is hands-down the most effective way to get the kind of stretch gifts you are looking for from your board, especially if it’s not something you’ve done in a while.