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 »

Grant-Making Up Among Smaller Foundations

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

A new study by Foundation Source reports that the number and size of grants of less than $1 million increased by 15 percent in 2009. The firm, which provides services for small and medium-size philanthropies, based its findings on data collected by processing grants from nearly 700 client foundations. This runs counter to the trend… 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 »

Tuesday Fundraising Tip

Posted , by The Curtis Group. Topic: Major Donors.

Here’s the sixth fundraising tip in our series of 10 Tips for 2010: Develop a detailed cultivation plan for each of your top donors. No two donors are alike. They have different funding interests, different concerns, different schedules. But when they’re your top donors, someone connected with your organization has a relationship with them. And that’s… Read more »

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Haiti

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Nonprofit Management.

No doubt you’ve heard about the huge role that social media and mobile giving has played in raising money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. By a week after the disaster, more than $220 million had been contributed to major U.S. relief groups, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Of that, $22 million was raised… Read more »

Last-Minute Giving Boosted Year-End Appeals

Posted , by Keith Curtis. Topic: Year-End Giving.

A Jan. 11 USA Today article excerpted from The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that last-minute gifts boosted some charities’ holiday fundraising. A third of the nearly 400 nonprofit groups that responded to a poll in mid-December said donations since November were higher than they had been at the same time in 2008. Of 181 charities… Read more »

Do You Know Your Five Rights?

Posted , by Wendy McGrady. Topic: Fundraising.

This month, three of our clients each received major gifts of $100,000, $225,000, and $250,000, all because they were willing to follow the five “rights.” As we always say, it’s important to have the right people ask the right prospect at the right time for the right amount and the right reason. A year and a… Read more »

Hopeful News for 2010 Fundraising

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

Over the last week,  two new reports about fundraising point toward the light at the end of the economic tunnel. In GuideStar’s annual Nonprofit Economic Survey, half of their respondents saw contributions decline over the first nine months of 2009, compared to the same period in 2008. No surprise there. But nearly two-thirds were hopeful about… Read more »