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  • PhilanthropyGrateful Person

    What’s Your Answer?

    By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA When someone asks you, or when you ask yourself, “Why are you a fundraiser?” what do you say? There are many possible answers to this question. For me, I am a fundraiser because I believe the nonprofit sector can do a lot more to reduce poverty; so I raise funds toward achieving that aim, toward securing the necessary capital for designing and implementing anti-poverty...

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  • Giving TuesdayGiving Tuesday

    Giving Tuesday

    GivingTuesday 2022 is coming up, Tuesday, November 29th, and it’s a banner day for many nonprofits. Some use it to launch their year-end campaign. No other day creates the same worldwide feeling of philanthropy and good will. Often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, GivingTuesday occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s touted as a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of...

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  • Year-End GivingGiving

    Year-End Giving

    By reading this white paper you will learn…   The latest trends in year-end giving What motivates donors today and other current research findings How to craft year-end appeals that raise more revenue Tips for increasing response rates in direct-mail appeals How to integrate monthly giving options in year-end appeal letters Tactful ways of getting board members involved in year-end giving drives Phoning vs. texting strategies for a successful...

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  • PhilanthropyNational Philanthropy Day

    Next Tuesday is National Philanthropy Day: How Will You Celebrate?

    National Philanthropy Day (NPD) is celebrated annually on November 15. This day signifies the importance of working together for the common good. Philanthropic deeds come in all different shapes and sizes — charitable giving, volunteering, etc. — and on National Philanthropy Day, no act of kindness goes unnoticed. President Reagan first proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day in 1986, and communities all throughout the world have celebrated the...

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  • Donor Retention

    Donors Drop By 7% But Dollars Up 6.2%, Buoyed By Major Donors

    U.S. charitable giving increased significantly in Q2 2022, but gains were accompanied by a continuing steep decline in donor acquisition and retention, particularly among new and newly retained donors, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s (FEP) Second Quarter Fundraising Report. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is a collaboration among fundraising data providers, researchers, analysts, associations, and consultants to empower the sector to track and evaluate trends in giving. The...

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  • Diversity

    What You Can Do to Plan for the Next Generation of Nonprofit Fundraisers

    We Baby Boomers are rapidly aging out of nonprofit leadership. Meaning, there’s a huge impending leadership void in the sector that needs to be filled. Also, nonprofit board members tend to skew older and are often quietly distrustful of youth and “inexperience.” And so the cycle continues. Yet, in less than a decade, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. It would behoove your nonprofit to upgrade any...

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