Americans gave over $471 billion in 2020!

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President & Founder. Topic: Arts & Culture, Crisis Fundraising, Donors, Fundraising, Fundraising by Sector, Funds and Funders, Giving USA, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Higher Education, Human Services, Independent Schools, Major Donors, Webinars and Videos.

Challenging and complex year inspires record growth in giving: $471.44 billion contributed!   Today is the release of Giving USA 2021, the longest running and most comprehensive analysis of charitable giving in this country. Take 5 minutes to learn from Keith Curtis and Victoria Dietz as they give an overview of the results and how… Read more »

The Good, Bad and Opportunity from the 2020 FEP

Posted , by Steven Shattuck, Bloomerang. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donor Communication, Donor Retention, Donors, Fundraising, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, National Research Collaborative.

What the 2020 Fundraising Effectiveness Project Report Tells Us About 2021 and Beyond   We are honored to be sharing an article penned by our colleague, friend and nonprofit research guru, Steven Shattuck, chief engagement officer, Bloomerang. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project recently released their 2020 Fourth Quarter Report, which examined giving trends for the entire… Read more »

Making the Ask – Even Virtually

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Vice President. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Making the Ask.

Victoria Dietz was recently published in The Giving Institute Member Insights. We are re-publishing her article below:   Can you ask for a major gift via phone or over a video chat? Just over a year ago, this would not have been a strategy recommended by a seasoned fundraiser. However, the shutdown has rewritten the… Read more »

Watch and Learn How to Make the Virtual Ask in 2021

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Vice President. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donors, Fundraising, Major Donors, Making the Ask, Webinars and Videos.

Victoria Dietz and Hilary Fulp lead an engaging presentation about the ins and outs of making “the ask.”  Hear practical tips that will help conquer potential fears surrounding the ask, especially virtual asks, so you can confidently approach prospects and successfully close a gift. They will share key points such as: How do I make… Read more »

6 Tips to Adapt to the New Fundraising Normal

Posted , by Marissa Monell, Client Manager. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donor Acknowledgement, Donor Retention, Donors, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation, Making the Ask.

By Marissa Monell, Client Manager Over the last year, I’ve had the privilege of working with several nonprofits that have risen to the top during these challenging times. Their missions might be varied, but each has found a way to address the challenging fundraising environment while remembering the importance of the tried and true fundraising process:… Read more »

Do you trust them? Philanthropy in action

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Fundraising, Funds and Funders, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Gifts Programs.

Trust-Based Philanthropy in Action By Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President Much has already been written in response to MacKenzie Scott’s December distribution of over $4 billion in unrestricted gifts to 384 organizations across the country. Rightfully so — such incredible generosity should be covered and celebrated! Her significant, unexpected gifts will certainly be transformational to… Read more »

Does Your Donation Matter? How giving is affecting nonprofits

Posted , by Keith Curtis, Founder & President. Topic: Donors, Fundraising, National Philanthropy Day.

Does Your Donation Matter? How giving is affecting nonprofits in Hampton Roads In this month’s special Giving Issue of Inside Business, Keith Curtis had the opportunity to discuss the needs, challenges, funding and future of four important Hampton Roads nonprofits with each organization’s leader. Michele Anderson, president and CEO of the United Way of South… Read more »

Leaving a Legacy – Let’s Talk Fundraising

Posted , by . Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donor Advised Funds, Donor Prospects, Donors, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation, Giving USA, Major Donors, Making the Ask, Planned Giving, Webinars and Videos.

Welcome to “Let’s Talk Fundraising”. Vice President Victoria Dietz chats with President and Founder Keith Curtis about planned giving. He recently presented to the Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council about this topic and the results of a national study of planned giving donors conducted by the Giving USA Foundation entitled Leaving a Legacy: A New… Read more »

Two Months Until Year End: Do These 5 Things to Make it Successful

Posted , by Abbie Hacker, Consultant. Topic: Boards of Directors, Crisis Fundraising, Development Plan, Donor Acknowledgement, Donors, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation, Major Donors, Year-End Giving.

By Abbie Hacker While the principles of fundraising remain the same even in the midst of this challenging year, the application might look a little different right now. In the nonprofit sector, the end of the calendar year is an important time for fundraising. With only two months until the end of 2020, make sure… Read more »

Recorded Webinar: Making the VIRTUAL Ask

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Vice President. Topic: Crisis Fundraising, Donor Prospects, Donors, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Major Gifts Programs, Making the Ask, Webinars and Videos.

Can you ask for a major gift via phone or over a video chat? YES – if done thoughtfully!   In case you missed it, The Curtis Group’s Vice President Victoria Dietz provided an insightful and informative presentation. Watch the full presentation below:   The fundraising rules have changed for 2020, but we are here… Read more »