Believe like a nonprofit. Behave like a business.

Posted , by Kaitlin Padden Robb, Consultant. Topic: Nonprofit Management.

Too many nonprofits are rewarded for how little they spend, rather than for what they get done. This is the double standard that author, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta called out during his recent visit to Hampton Roads. (I highly recommend watching his TED talk). His presentation about “The Overhead Myth” got our sector buzzing…… Read more »

Funders Agree: Nonprofits Must Operate Like a Business

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Vice President. Topic: Funds and Funders, Nonprofit Management.

Today, for the fourth year in a row, Keith moderated VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads’ Annual Funders Forum. This event, which brings together funders from across Hampton Roads, always produces a variety of interesting takeaways. An underlying theme of the funders’ comments from this year’s forum was the importance of a nonprofit operating like a business. The… Read more »

Before the Campaign Planning Study There’s the Business Plan

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Vice President. Topic: Nonprofit Management, Preparing for a Campaign.

Last week, as a result of our webinar on “What Makes an Effective Capital Campaign?” a question arose that we thought was worth addressing. One participant asked us to further explain the need for the business plan that we often recommend developing before moving into any type of campaign. The simple answer is this: a campaign… Read more »

COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed – What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Government, Philanthropy Research & Events.

By Wendy McGrady Executive Vice President   Last week’s passing of the coronavirus stimulus package or the CARES Act has an impact on all of us. With all the information included in the act, our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date and useful information. Below are a few highlights of the bill’s… Read more »

Uncertain Times Demand Strategic Response

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President & Founder. Topic: Boards of Directors, Donors, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation, Major Gifts Programs, Making the Ask, Nonprofit Management.

Uncertain Times Demand Strategic Response By Keith Curtis, President & Founder of The Curtis Group Last month, everything was still percolating. Now, however, the coronavirus and oil industry events are impacting our economy and, more importantly for philanthropy, the market. We are hearing from clients and the community with questions about what fundraising should look… Read more »

Donor-Advised Funds Webinar

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Donor Acknowledgement, Donor Advised Funds, Donor Communication, Donors, Government, Major Gifts Programs.

What You Need to Know about Donor-Advised Funds in 2020   It’s not too late. Even if you missed the live webinar on donor-advised funds, we recorded it as well as printed the slides that accompanied the presentation. Keith Curtis and Jeff Giannotto delve into the details of donor-advised funds. You can learn about the… Read more »

4 Truths about Philanthropy to Inspire

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Boards of Directors, Fundraising, Major Donors, National Philanthropy Day.

Just So Happens, We Can All Be Philanthropists 4 Truths about Philanthropy to Inspire You   By Keith Curtis President My firm recently had the privilege of attending a number of National Philanthropy Day events. As I celebrated this year’s honorees along with a thousand other attendees, I was inspired by their stories of philanthropy. Their generosity… Read more »

Today’s Philanthropist Profile

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Donor Prospects, Donors, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, National Philanthropy Day.

Have you enjoyed the Virginia Symphony or visited Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest? Have you ever rushed your child to the Emergency Department in the middle of the night? Have you donated canned goods to your local foodbank at the holidays or volunteered at The Salvation Army?   These services, a part of the fabric of what makes every… Read more »

Nonprofit Sector’s Impact on US Economy – What it Means for You

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Campaigns & Campaign Planning, Cases for Support, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy Research & Events.

A recently released study found nonprofits are the third largest workforce in the country behind only manufacturing and retail. According to the report Nonprofits: America’s Third Largest Workforce, from Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project, the nonprofit sector in America employs 11.9 million people.   As someone who has devoted my career to the nonprofit sector, this is… Read more »