Demystifying Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a giving vehicle established at a public charity. It allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction and then recommend grants from the fund over time. Today, they are philanthropy’s fastest growing vehicle, accounting for 3% of all giving. This workshop discusses donor advised funds, how they differ from private foundations, tips for engagement, critiques and potential reforms. [...]

Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Virtual Fundraising Events, But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

Patrick Kirby, Founder of Do Good Better Consulting, answers live questions from the online audience around all aspects of virtual fundraising events. Great advice and thoughtful ideas from an experienced fundraiser and nonprofit expert. About Author Patrick Kirby, Founder, Do Good Better Consulting Patrick Kirby has spent nearly fifteen years working as a fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, for organizations of all shapes and sizes, [...]

The Surprising Gift of Doubt—Using Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Were Meant To Be

Nonprofit leadership is challenging in the best of times, and even more so now. What do you do when you don’t know what the next steps are? How do you keep going, and help your team keep going, when doubt seems at the door? Could the doubt mean you’re broken as a leader? Leadership expert Marc A. Pitman says that doubt might mean you’re on the verge of greatness! [...]

How Do Consumers and Brands Feel about Check Out Campaigns?

This post was originally published on Third Sector Today, and is being shared here with permission. If you’ve been through a check out lane in the US in the past couple of years, you have probably been asked if you’d like to donate to some cause or other. And you may have noticed, that the frequency and the locations of these have increased. All for very good reason: Check Out Campaigns [...]

3 Keys to Setting Up Your Fundraising Calendar for Success

your fundraising calendar for 2016. We invited special guest Brad Davies, Fundraising Expert from NextAfter to share his experience and talk through a specific strategy on how to grow your organization this year and turn your 2016 fundraising goals into a reality. Brad Davies is an online fundraising expert who was the project director of the “Online Fundraising Scorecard” which looked at the online giving habits of 250 charities, [...]

How to Interview Strong for a Fundraising Job

As you probably know from having spent any time on this site, we are big proponents of professional development. So, it was very exciting to have Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, as our guest for a webinar entitled: “How to Interview Strong” or “How Interviewing is Like Asking for a Major Gift”. Since impressing an interviewer – and getting to “yes” — is similar to impressing a major donor prospect, you’ll also come away [...]

Your 2018 Fundraising Plan

Are you tired of not having a plan…EVERY YEAR? Is the whole “oh no we can’t make payroll” thing getting a little old? Or have you been thrown into your role, with no one to guide you and your boss just saying “Do it”? If any of this sounds like you, and you’re tired of being so stressed, check out this webinar, led by fundraising and leadership expert, Mazarine [...]

Research on Gender Pay Gap in Nonprofit Sector

Consider this: The average pay of a white woman in the United States is 78 cents on the dollar, compared to her counterpart… and much lower for women of color (see chart, below). With the issue gaining more visibility through an Oscar acceptance speech by  Patricia Arquette or in President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, and on the 2016 Presdential Campaign trail, the topic is gaining more attention. Ironically, according to reasearch by The [...]

Are You Giving Tuesday 2019-Ready?

It’s hard to believe, but this year’s Giving Tuesday (on Dec. 3, 2019) is just around the corner. For many, it provides a big boost for fundraising. But, as they say, “You gotta be in it to win it!” Are you ready? Even if you have participated in Giving Tuesday in years past, are you ready for Giving Tuesday 2019? Think about the changes in social media and donor [...]


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