Author: Laurence A. Pagnoni

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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Bill and Melinda Gates Delivers New COVID-19 Funding

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed an additional $250 million to support the research, development, and equitable delivery of lifesaving tools in the global effort against COVID-19. Marking the end of a year focused on the scientific breakthroughs needed to end the pandemic, the foundation calls for global commitments to making these innovations available in 2021 to everyone who needs them.

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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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The CEO As Chief Fundraiser

The CEO As Chief Fundraiser

Well, isn’t it obvious that the CEO is the nonprofit organization’s chief fundraiser?

Not really. Not when you observe the behavior of nonprofit CEOs, as I have over the past four decades.

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Assessing Impact with General Operating Support Grants Debunking the Myths

Assessing Impact with General Operating Support Grants: Debunking the Myths

For several decades now, it’s been a common refrain from funders that choose not to provide general operating support (GOS) grants: we can’t make those grants because it’s too difficult to measure and assess their impact. In CEP’s 2006 report, In Search of Impact, the majority of foundation CEOs said program grants are more effective at assessing grantee results than GOS grants. Further, half of foundation leaders in that report preferred providing program grants, most commonly because they believed it was easier to assess their outcomes.

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Why Donors Stop Giving to You

Why Donors Stop Giving to You 

As year-end giving is now upon us, discovering why donors stop giving will provide you a keen understanding of what you need to improve on to get higher fundraising returns.

A new Bank of America report found that 28% of wealthy donors stop giving to a nonprofit that they supported in the previous year.

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#GivingTuesday You Have A Decision to Make

#GivingTuesday: You Have A Decision to Make

Just six weeks away, #GivingTuesday (GT) will take place on Tuesday Dec. 1st. This day of global giving has grown into an impressive movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. The average online gift was $111.

It may be an opportunity for you to leverage your community giving, but you will have to decide if it’s worth your attention.

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