How to Build Donor Relationships During Crisis

Posted , by Marissa Monell, Client Manager. Topic: Arts & Culture, Careers in Philanthropy, Crisis Fundraising, Donor Communication, Donors, Fundraising, Major Donors, Nonprofit Management.

A Day in the Life of an Executive Director During These Uncertain Times How Shawn Puller Keeps Garth Newel Music Center Moving Forward By Marissa Monell, Client Manager, The Curtis Group, and Shawn Puller, Executive Director of Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, VA We are excited to continue “A Day in the Life… Read more »

Connecting with Millennials: How Nonprofits Can Build Relationships with Tomorrow’s Leaders

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Campaign Manager. Topic: Donor Communication, Donor Prospects, Fundraising.

The most recent AFP eWire featured three short, but informative, articles on tapping into the power of Millennials. Nonprofits know this influential generational group is more “connected” than any of its predecessors. But, how can the estimated 92 million members of the Millennial generation (born between 1980 and 2001) be motivated to effectively rally behind a… Read more »

Nonprofits and Their Boards: An Evolving Relationship

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Marketing Director and Campaign Consultant. Topic: Boards of Directors.

A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy by Maureen West titled “Charities Find Ways to Give Board Members Bigger Roles in Policy” caught our attention. So much of the work we have done with our clients for the past 23 years is meeting with the board members of nonprofits to discuss fundraising strategy and… Read more »

Giving USA Spotlight: Relationship Cultivation Using Social Media

Posted , by Erin Phillips, Campaign Consultant. Topic: Donor Retention, Giving USA.

As most nonprofits are wrapping up the final week of their annual giving campaign and gearing up for the New Year, we wanted to share some valuable information from the latest edition of the 2011 Giving USA Spotlight series. The third and final issue of the year, entitled, “Relationship Cultivation Using Social Media” offers good… Read more »

Even Online, It’s All About Relationships

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Donor Communication.

At the Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference last Friday, I went to a good workshop by our Giving Institute colleague Jay Love of eTapestry. It was called “The Internet Unveiled: The Newest Tools & Website Trends for Relationship Building,” with the key words being “relationship building.” Jay’s message was to make sure your online… Read more »

What Motivates Affluent Households’ Giving?

Posted , by Elizabeth Vana, Client Coordinator. Topic: Donor Acknowledgement, Donor Retention, Donors, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Philanthropy Research & Events.

What Motivates Affluent Households’ Giving? By Hilary Fulp, Vice President Last week I attended an invitation-only presentation in Hampton Roads hosted by Bank of America on their new research on high-net-worth households’ giving–the 2023 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households. At this event, The Curtis Group President Keith Curtis, Bank of America’s Managing Director &… Read more »

Should You Be Optimistic About the State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy in 2024?

Posted , by Kaitlin Robb, Consultant and Marketing Director. Topic: Donors, Fundraising, Giving USA, Philanthropy Research & Events.

How to Meet Our Moment in 2024: Recent Trends in Philanthropy   By Kaitlin Robb, Consultant and Marketing Director At The Curtis Group’s December team meeting, Dr. Una Osili from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy joined us virtually to discuss changes in the philanthropic landscape. Dr. Osili is a global expert on philanthropy and widely recognized… Read more »

6 Practical Steps to Grow Your Endowment

Posted , by Abby Webster, Vice President. Topic: Donors, Fundraising.

How to Grow Your Endowment (and why you should put in the effort)   By Abby Webster, Vice President In the midst of what has been a constantly changing economic, philanthropic, and social climate, a nonprofit’s commitment to financial stability and diversified revenue streams has become increasingly important to fulfilling its mission. One way that many nonprofits are… Read more »

Foundation Funding Demystified: Your Roadmap to Success

Posted , by Lauren Greene. Topic: Cases for Support, Donor Prospects, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation.

Foundation Funding Demystified: Your Roadmap to Success By Lauren Greene, Associate Consultant Foundations are an important funding source for nonprofits across the country. As you are looking ahead at your philanthropic needs and considering potential foundation support, you need to have a good understanding of how foundation funding has changed over the last few years and how… Read more »

Maximizing Donor Retention: Key Findings from latest FEP report

Posted , by Ginny Reynolds Badgett. Topic: Donor Communication, Fundraising.

Making (Dollars and) Sense of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s Latest Report By Ginny Reynolds Badgett, Associate Consultant Each quarter the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) releases aggregate views of the current year’s fundraising data. Much of the data collected and analyzed focuses on donors – donor size, donation count and type (new, repeat or recaptured). These reports… Read more »