Is a Campaign Planning Study Worth the Effort?

Posted , by . Topic: Fundraising.

Is a Campaign Planning Study Worth the Effort? By Rachel Kimble, Consultant Embarking on a fundraising campaign is a significant endeavor for any nonprofit organization, often requiring substantial resources and strategic planning. One crucial step in the process is conducting a campaign planning study (sometimes called a feasibility study) to assess your organization’s readiness and potential for… Read more »

Empowering Impact: The Role of Women in Philanthropy

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Executive Vice President. Topic: Careers in Philanthropy, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy Research & Events, Professional Development.

Empowering Impact: The Role of Women in Philanthropy By Victoria Dietz, Executive Vice President Women have long been catalysts for positive change in society, and their role in philanthropy is no exception. As a woman who has devoted her career to philanthropy and in honor of Women’s History Month, I want to explore some of the ways… Read more »

Growing your Nonprofit’s Endowment

Posted , by Victoria Dietz, Executive Vice President. Topic: Board Development, Development Plan, Fundraising, Major Donors, Planned Giving, Webinars and Videos.

Seeds of Sustainability: Growing your Nonprofit’s Endowment This insightful presentation led by Executive Vice President Victoria Dietz and Associate Consultant Ginny Reynolds-Badgett delves into the art and science of growing a nonprofit endowment. Discover proven strategies, expert insights and practical tips to cultivate lasting financial sustainability for your organization. Learn how to plant the seeds… Read more »

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, Associate Consultant. 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, Associate Consultant. 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, Associate Consultant. 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 »