Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: High-Net-Worth Individuals.

After a recent meeting with a client and a high-net-worth donor, I was reflecting on the recent data from the 2010 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. The study results showed that these donors typically make their giving decisions with their spouse and like to involve their children and families wherever possible. These donors are… Read more »

Posted , by The Curtis Group staff. Topic: Uncategorized.

Part of our email signature is the line, “Celebrating 21 years of work we love.” The dedicated staff and board members at the nonprofits we serve are an important reason why we love what we do. As we enter the season of giving, we’re grateful to be surrounded by so many people who are doing… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: National Philanthropy Day.

This year I’ve served as president of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In that role I had the honor of presenting the awards at Tuesday’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon to the people and organizations whose philanthropic work is among the most outstanding in Hampton Roads. More than 300 people attended… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: High-Net-Worth Individuals, Philanthropy Research & Events.

Yesterday, the 2010 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy was released. Produced by Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, this is the third edition of the study, which was also issued in 2008 and 2006. High-net-worth households are defined as those with annual incomes of $200,000 or more,… Read more »

Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Fundraising.

In our effort to help nonprofits incorporate social media into their fundraising programs, last Thursday three of us Curtis Group staffers attended a Chronicle of Philanthropy webinar on the topic. First, we learned that because social media campaigns are still so new, determining the best way to use them is more art than science, as… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Philanthropy Research & Events.

Fundraisers who aren’t paying attention to women may be losing out on a huge source of donations, according to a study published yesterday by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Women at virtually every income level are more likely to give to charity and to give more money on average than their male counterparts,… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Philanthropy Research & Events.

You may have read or heard panic-inducing news reports this week about an 11 percent drop in charitable giving last year, the worst decline in two decades, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. What wasn’t reported are vital facts about the Chronicle’s survey that will affect how you interpret it. Also unreported by mass media… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Fundraising.

A recent Newsweek article, “Helping Out with a Text,“ may have some nonprofit staff and board members wondering if it’s time to implement a mobile giving program. While I think it has potential in the future, keep in mind that based on total U.S. giving, text giving is still minuscule. With a maximum contribution of… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Uncategorized.

This morning while conducting an interview with a CEO for a campaign planning study, I was reminded of the importance of developing the next generation of fundraisers now. We at The Curtis Group view our overriding role as promoting philanthropy, so we do all we can to help our clients develop their “bench”—their next generation… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Nonprofit Management, Preparing for a Campaign.

Last week Nonprofit Finance Fund issued a report about the successful results of NFF Capital Partners’ efforts to help nine charities around the nation raise philanthropic equity. Philanthropic equity, according to Nonprofit Finance Fund, is money a nonprofit uses to build its capacity to deliver services, as well as the business operations that will make… Read more »