Should You Be Optimistic About the State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy in 2024?

Posted , by Kaitlin Robb, Consultant and Marketing Director. Topic: Donors, Fundraising, Giving USA, Philanthropy Research & Events.

How to Meet Our Moment in 2024: Recent Trends in Philanthropy   By Kaitlin Robb, Consultant and Marketing Director At The Curtis Group’s December team meeting, Dr. Una Osili from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy joined us virtually to discuss changes in the philanthropic landscape. Dr. Osili is a global expert on philanthropy and widely recognized… Read more »

6 Practical Steps to Grow Your Endowment

Posted , by Abby Webster, Vice President. Topic: Donors, Fundraising.

How to Grow Your Endowment (and why you should put in the effort)   By Abby Webster, Vice President In the midst of what has been a constantly changing economic, philanthropic, and social climate, a nonprofit’s commitment to financial stability and diversified revenue streams has become increasingly important to fulfilling its mission. One way that many nonprofits are… Read more »

Foundation Funding Demystified: Your Roadmap to Success

Posted , by Lauren Greene. Topic: Cases for Support, Donor Prospects, Fundraising, Gift Solicitation.

Foundation Funding Demystified: Your Roadmap to Success By Lauren Greene, Associate Consultant Foundations are an important funding source for nonprofits across the country. As you are looking ahead at your philanthropic needs and considering potential foundation support, you need to have a good understanding of how foundation funding has changed over the last few years and how… Read more »

Maximizing Donor Retention: Key Findings from latest FEP report

Posted , by Ginny Reynolds Badgett. Topic: Donor Communication, Fundraising.

Making (Dollars and) Sense of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s Latest Report By Ginny Reynolds Badgett, Associate Consultant Each quarter the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) releases aggregate views of the current year’s fundraising data. Much of the data collected and analyzed focuses on donors – donor size, donation count and type (new, repeat or recaptured). These reports… Read more »

“There’s an App for That!”: The Role of Technology in Fundraising

Posted , by Emily Ruble. Topic: Fundraising, Philanthropy Research & Events.

“There’s an App for That!”  The Role of Technology in Fundraising   By Emily Ruble, Associate Consultant In a world where every day it seems there’s a new app, new website or new social media trend, we as fundraising professionals may ask ourselves how we can harness the power of technology to help us reach our… Read more »

Ensuring Equity in Philanthropy

Posted , by Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Topic: Fundraising, Government, Higher Education, Philanthropy Research & Events.

The Potential Impact of the Affirmative Action Supreme Court Decision     By Wendy McGrady, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Whatever your opinion on the recent Affirmative Action Supreme Court decision, it is impossible to ignore it’s potential impact on philanthropy. I recently returned from the Giving Institute Summer Symposium where I had… Read more »

Key Takeaways of Giving USA 2023

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Donors, Fundraising, Fundraising by Sector, Funds and Funders, Giving USA, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Philanthropy Research & Events.

What are the key takeaways of Giving USA 2023? According to Giving USA 2023, charitable giving in this country totaled $499.33 billion in 2022. Impacted by economic challenges, this is a 3.4% decrease in current dollars year-over-year; however, it comes after two record years of giving. Where Did the Generosity Come From? Contributions by Source The Headlines for Sources of… Read more »

Building Your Donor Pipeline for Major Gifts

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Executive Vice President. Topic: Fundraising.

Building Your Donor Pipeline for Major Gifts   By Victoria Dietz, Executive Vice President What does it mean to have a pipeline of donors? In its simplest form, your pipeline is a structured way for you to convert prospective donors into current donors and to secure increasingly generous support from those current donors. At its… Read more »

Welcome to New Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President!

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Fundraising, Nonprofit Management.

We are so thrilled to announce the promotion of Wendy and Victoria Wendy McGrady has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She will spearhead the internal operations of the firm while also managing marketing, communications and her nonprofit clients and fundraising campaigns throughout the country. She has been with the firm since… Read more »

Navigating the Range of Giving Vehicles

Posted , by Keith Curtis, President. Topic: Donor Advised Funds, Donors, Fundraising, Funds and Funders, High-Net-Worth Individuals, Major Donors, Planned Giving, Webinars and Videos.

In case you missed our most recent webinar, be sure to check out the recording to learn more about the giving vehicles impacting donor behavior and the nonprofit sector. The number of possible giving vehicles continues to rise, from donor-advised funds to Qualified Charitable Distributions, from bequests to stock donations and everything in between. It is critical that… Read more »