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Actually, you’re wrong about that…says Giving USA

The latest Giving USA report came out this summer and you may have already seen the results. But if you look more closely at the data or read through the full report, you might actually hear some surprising information. Like the fact that some of your assumptions about fundraising are totally WRONG. Here’s a few: People don’t donate as much to charity when there’s a political campaign going on. This isn’t true. Giving USA has not found any decrease in charitable giving during the years of major presidential campaigns (or major mid-term’s, like right now). Donors seem to treat their political giving and charitable giving as two totally separate budgets. The only impact we have seen is a positive one: … Read more

Posted in Giving USA

Board Member Job Descriptions = Smart

As the busy year-end season approaches, many of you Fundraisers may be thinking – how come my board doesn’t help me more with fundraising? Some of my clients have been talking with me about this too and one of my first questions always is, “Do you have board member job descriptions?” More often than not, the answer is no. Let me be clear. I am not suggesting that a job description for your board is some magical solution that produces board members who bring in tons of donations. But it’s still something I encourage clients to do for this main reason: what you expect of your board members could be very different than what they THINK you expect. Why not … Read more

Posted in Board of Directors, Year End Fundraising

The Grass is Greener Where You Water It

I know we have all heard the saying “The grass is always greener on the other side,” but I recently heard someone say instead “The grass is always greener where you water it.” This is truth! How often are we a little envious of how well things are going for another person, or another organization? Do we stop to think about what things that person or organization might be DOING to have that success? In working with nonprofit organizations for about 20 years, I consistently hear these types of envious remarks. Almost every organization I have ever worked with thinks it’s harder for them to raise money than it is for anyone else. They have lots of reasons – the … Read more

Posted in Culture of Philanthropy, Individual Giving