Posted , by Abbie Hacker, Consultant. Topic: Fundraising, Fundraising by Sector, Giving USA, Philanthropy Research & Events.

National Giving Report Reveals Large Increase in Charitable Giving in 2021 The Blackbaud Institute recently released its “Charitable Giving Report” for 2021. According to this study, charitable giving to nonprofits in the US grew by 9% in 2021. After a challenging and volatile 2020, the Blackbaud report finds that “the growth in giving exceeded nearly every-one’s expectations.”… Read more »

Posted , by Abby Weber, Consultant. Topic: Board Development, Boards of Directors, Fundraising, Webinars and Videos.

What Could You Do Today To Help Your Board Be Better Fundraisers Tomorrow? Our Vice President Victoria Dietz has a big picture conversation with Consultant Abby Weber as a follow-up to their recent in-depth presentations on the Role of the Board in Today’s Fundraising Climate. What are the board’s most important roles at your nonprofit?… Read more »

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

Decoding Donor-Advised Funds As posted at Giving USA Donor-advised funds began in the 1930s, but in recent years these funds have become the fastest growing vehicle in philanthropy. Giving USA recently released a highly anticipated Special Report on Donor-Advised Funds.  You can access the full report on the Giving USA Foundation website. My colleague Victoria Dietz also recently… Read more »

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Vice President. Topic: Donors, Fundraising, Funds and Funders, Giving USA, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Webinars and Videos.

  Victoria chats with Anna Pruit, managing editor of Giving USA at Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy about their recent report on Donor-Advised Funds. Find out where the dollars went, how things changed in 2020 and what you could be doing with this information to raise more dollars. To purchase the full report visit the Giving… Read more »

Posted , by . Topic: Capital Campaigns, Fundraising.

We are most proud of YOUR success! Norfolk Botanical Garden As Norfolk Botanical Garden illuminated their long-term vision of “creating a better and greener world,” The Garden of Tomorrow campaign expanded. In recent months, individuals who had already contributed were so moved by the impact of the garden’s future plans, including a 26,000-square-foot conservatory, that they were… Read more »

Posted , by . Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donors, Fundraising, National Philanthropy Day.

Inside Business Giving Issue Check out the full column   To say that this past 20 months has been filled with hardship is a vast understatement. Then again, to say that Americans have been generous in the last 20 months is also an understatement. During this time, I have talked, written and presented on just how… Read more »

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Vice President. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Fundraising, Funds and Funders, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Philanthropy Research & Events, Webinars and Videos.

Welcome back to Let’s Talk Fundraising.  The Curtis Group Vice President Victoria Dietz spends five minutes chatting with Erin Hogan who serves as a Philanthropic Market Executive with Bank of America Private Bank. They are discussing the recent release of the biennial study that examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of affluent U.S…. Read more »

Posted , by Hilary Fulp, Consultant. Topic: Boards of Directors, Development Plan, Donor Acknowledgement, Donor Communication, Donor Retention, Donors, Fundraising, Major Donors, Year-End Giving.

If you feel behind for the end of year fundraising push, here are four things you can do in the next two months to raise more. 1. Engage Your Board – When you meet with each board member to ask for their meaningful personal gift, engage them. Consider their strengths, then enlist them to make calls, set… Read more »

Posted , by Abbie Hacker, Consultant. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donor Communication, Donor Retention, Fundraising, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Major Gifts Programs, Making the Ask, Webinars and Videos.

As we move into yet another season filled with uncertainty, we are all having to function under a new fundraising normal. This new normal still relies on the same successful fundraising cycle, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, BUT, it now more than ever before depends on creativity and a combination of virtual and in-person approaches. This… Read more »