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 »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Board Development, Boards of Directors, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management.

  Spring is a busy time in the nonprofit world. So many organizations host galas, golf tournaments, run/walks and other fundraising events. But before you become consumed by centerpieces and table assignments, consider this: How are you engaging your board? As you quickly approach the end of your fiscal year or prepare for annual meetings,… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis, Founder, President. Topic: Donor Communication, Funds and Funders, Gift Solicitation, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Gifts Programs, Philanthropy Research & Events, Year-End Giving.

Donor-advised funds began in the 1930s, but in recent years these funds have become the fastest growing vehicle in philanthropy. Contributions to donor-advised funds grew at three times the rate of total charitable giving in 2016 according to the National Philanthropic Trust. Donor-advised funds defined: Donor-advised funds (DAF) are donor-established philanthropic funds that are maintained, operated… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Donor Communication, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management.

Nonprofits, philanthropy and fundraising have been my life for a long time now. During this time, I have been through periods of growth and economic downturns, leadership resignations, and even some times of crisis. As I sat down to think about the common threads that have helped organizations weather the ups and downs, the common… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis, Founder, President. Topic: Fundraising, Government.

  Under the tax reform that passed last month, some changes could impact your donors and charitable giving for your organization.     Reduced number of taxpayers qualifying for charitable tax deductions With fewer Americans qualifying for tax deductions, we could see fewer dollars given to nonprofits. One study by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy predicts… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Giving USA.

I recently attended the Gurin Forum presented by Giving USA Foundation in Chicago, where recent research on giving to religion (commissioned by Giving USA and conducted by the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University) was presented. Giving USA has continually shown giving to religion shrinking as a part of overall giving. This forum took a deeper dive into that trend.  The… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Capital Campaigns.

With a history of educational excellence going back nearly 50 years, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy had a high bar to maintain when they set their sights on opening a second lower school campus—while expanding and enhancing their main campus. The independent school in Suffolk, Virginia, approached us in 2013, just before their 50th anniversary, and engaged us to conduct… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: National Philanthropy Day.

A look at giving growth over last 30 years in Hampton Roads, where our firm is headquartered.   It seems ironic now—the decade most linked with materialism and excess consumption being the birthplace to a day of benevolence. Or perhaps it was perfect timing to refocus our priorities. President Reagan officially established National Philanthropy Day… Read more »

Posted , by our colleagues at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Topic: Philanthropy Research & Events.

  What does the term “philanthropist” mean? Would you consider yourself to be one? What factors influence how and when people give, whether that means volunteering time or donating money? These are the key questions addressed by a new, interactive, online platform from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy called Generosity For Life. GenerosityForLife.org makes… Read more »

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Vice President. Topic: Year-End Giving.

This month we published an article on Bloomerang about year-end fundraising, written by Vice President Victoria Dietz. Don’t miss these important tips for a critical time of year to your nonprofit’s bottom line: “10 Steps to a Winning Year-End Fundraising Appeal”