Author: Laurence A. Pagnoni

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Trends in International Giving

Knowing giving trends is essential for keeping your fundraising program fresh. This is especially true in a constantly-changing philanthropic space.

Understanding these trends is essential for you to adapt your strategies and identify areas for improvement. If you’d like my feedback on your adapted annual fundraising plan, send it to me here.

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Are Your Donors Feeling Your Love?

Valentine’s Day is just ahead, Sun. Feb. 14th, so time is of the essence to mail your handwritten notes to your top donors, and also send a special email to your other donors, including your institutional and/or government funders.

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The Fundraiser’s Annual Calendar

There is a definite flow of philanthropic revenue, peaks, and valleys, throughout the year, distinct times, like the last quarter, when more donor giving is realized. You have to understand when those moments are, and what activities work best to capture the most revenue.

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The Pyramid of Giving

Are You Using The Pyramid of Giving?

On occasion, it’s important to return to the fundamentals of fundraising. The Pyramid of Giving is a key fundamental because it illustrates a theoretical overview of development and reminds us of the inextricable relationship between deepening donor engagement and raising more revenue.

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Putting Thanks Back in Thanksgiving–And Your Donor Communications

If I never again hear the phrase, “now, more than ever,” I would be pleased. I understand why we use it, to convey urgency, but it is hackneyed. Was our mission not urgent before Covid19?

I am writing having just returned from a weekend of silence. With all that has happened this year, I find spending time in stillness necessary, and it’s particularly necessary if you want to go deeper in your donor communications and avoid stale messages.

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Can a USA Family Foundation Make Grants Outside the U.S.?

We at LAPA Fundraising are often asked, “Can we (a USA Family Foundation) make grants outside the U.S.? Family foundations can safely grant to non-501(c)(3) organizations outside the U.S. as long as they follow one of two special sets of procedures: expenditure responsibility or equivalency determination.

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