A Name Heard Around the Nation

Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Uncategorized.

Here’s another story in our occasional series on how a handful of volunteers can have a huge impact on their community. In 1978, Rev. Edward Page, a young minister at Suffolk Presbyterian Church, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor. That same year, Marcus Hogge, a child in Rev. Page’s congregation, was dying from a… Read more »

A Moving Celebration of Philanthropy

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 »

How Strong Is Your Fundraising Bench?

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 »

Know the Key to Building Capacity?

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 »

Board Roles & Responsibilities: Part 2

Posted , by Nancy Chapman. Topic: Board Development.

In Tuesday’s post, Keith mentioned that I attended a BoardSource webinar this week on the roles and responsibilities of board members. Here’s a quick summary of the material. A nonprofit board has three main roles. The first is to establish organizational direction. This covers setting the mission, as well as determining the board’s role in… Read more »

Making the Most of Changes in Corporate Giving

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Funds and Funders.

This past Saturday I was interviewed on a Maryland radio station about the state of corporate philanthropy. In reviewing the latest data beforehand, I came across two blog-worthy points. The first is the growing trend of companies seeking alternatives to cash giving to support charitable activities, such as promoting employee volunteerism or offering staffers paid… Read more »

“Anonymous” May Not Be the Same for Everyone

Posted , by Wesley Stanley. Topic: Donors.

Yesterday Wendy and I attended the AFP North Carolina Philanthropy Conference. Along with conducting her “Making the Successful Ask” presentation, Wendy hosted a round-table discussion during lunch on donor cultivation and stewardship. One guest at our table recounted a story that illustrates the importance of listening to donors and asking how they’d liked to be… Read more »

The Common Courtesy of Stewardship

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Donor Communication, Donor Retention.

At the Giving Institute Summer Symposium last month, a representative of a major national corporation who sat on a panel of philanthropists offered good advice to nonprofits about giving and stewardship. One request he made concerned nonprofits to which his foundation has made a gift. He said he would appreciate a call from a board… Read more »

Tuesday Fundraising Tip

Posted , by The Curtis Group. Topic: Fundraising.

Draft a development plan and stick to it. Engage your volunteers in creating the plan. This is our ninth tip to remain a priority with philanthropists during the economic recovery. If you’ve engaged your board members and development committee in creating the plan, everyone should be in agreement on your fundraising goals, strategies, and tactics…. Read more »

Upswing in Corporate Giving? What It Means

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Donors, Fundraising, Funds and Funders.

An article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy last week reported that “cuts to corporate giving budgets are slowing this year.” A study by the Conference Board said 20 percent of the businesses surveyed plan to reduce their charitable giving in 2010, compared with 53 percent in 2009. While this is good news, it doesn’t mean… Read more »