Posted , by Wesley Stanley. Topic: Fundraising.

For months, we’ve been preaching that fundraising in a challenging economy can be successful if it’s done right. Here are three good examples that prove it. Bedford Hospice House has reached its $1.6 million goal and will break ground on a much-needed hospice facility in Bedford, Virginia, later this year. Lackey Free Clinic of Yorktown has… Read more »

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Cases for Support.

Earlier this week I made a presentation to a group of development professionals for Virginia’s community colleges. And I was reminded that these two-year colleges have become an important part of the solution for our nation’s demand for education. Our current economy has caused enrollments at community colleges to soar. If you live in southeast… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Campaigns & Campaign Planning.

Earlier this week I was called by a reporter for The Anniston Star in Alabama to comment on the lack of a campaign goal for the community’s United Way drive this fall. In the article, Sal Fabens, public relations director for United Way of America, said the organization is moving away from setting campaign goals…. Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Fundraising.

We were on the road again this week, this time to exhibit and make a presentation at North Carolina’s annual Philanthropy Conference. The event drew some 420 fundraising professionals, and their overall mood seemed to be cautious about current fundraising but optimistic about 2010. Even though this year’s fundraising is still a concern, many development… Read more »

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

According to the latest biannual survey of fundraisers conducted by Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, confidence in the fundraising climate is still low. The good news is that fundraisers are more optimistic about generating donations in the next six months. The expectations measure, as it’s called, was 72.8, an increase of about 10 percent over… Read more »

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Uncategorized.

Wow, what a time to launch our blog. After getting back from the Giving Institute Summer Symposium in Puerto Rico, I joined Wendy and Wesley in Charlottesville at the Virginia Fund Raising Institute (VFRI) conference. In between, The Curtis Group staff held our annual strategic planning session. So now we’ve got enough great info for a… Read more »