A Look at Post-COVID Fundraising for 2021

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What is the outlook for post-COVID fundraising? There's good news to share! Giving is up - right now - across the board. What’s more, the outlook for charitable giving in the next year or two is also looking very good. We predicted a…

5 Rules for Major Gift Success in 2021

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Major gift fundraising has changed dramatically in the past year. And the major gift landscape may never be the same. Many of our "best practice" major gift strategies now seem out-of-date. An era where donors don't want to meet in person…

Our Predictions: Fundraising Trends for 2021

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With a new year comes a hopeful new outlook.  We're all glad to see 2020 go. What a year it has been: we suffered through a terrible pandemic, disruption of our lives, families, workplaces, a volatile political climate, and much more.…

Donors are Stepping Up! Giving Was Up 7.5% in the First Half of This Year

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Remember April, when we were all clenching our teeth and thinking “Oh wow, this is not the year for fundraising. How will we get through it?”  Well, it turns out recent data proves that 2020 is actually a great year for fundraising. So…

Trend #4: 5 Ways to Overcome Declining Trust and Wary Donors

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This is the fourth installment in my series on major trends that will impact your fundraising results: the huge issue of declining trust and wary donors. Donors are losing trust in nonprofits - and giving less. So how do we deal with…

4 Key Fundraising Trends to Watch from the Rogare Think Tank

  What really is the true state of fundraising in the US? Our nonprofit landscape keeps shifting and changing more than ever. Can anybody tell us what really is the true state of fundraising in the US right now? Fortunately, the…

Takeaways from #AFPFC in New Orleans

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  This week's AFP International Conference in New Orleans (#AFPFC) was full of smart ideas and great learning. That's our new CEO Mike Geiger above with fellow #AFPeep Alice Ferris and me. Here's my annual wrap-up of key takeaways…

Could Donor Identity Revolutionize Your Fundraising?

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Drumroll please! My favorite new buzzword to help you ramp up your fundraising for 2018 is “Donor Identity.” What’s donor identity? It’s a profile of your donor in some way. It’s an indicator of your donor’s preferences…
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How the New 2017 U.S. Tax Law May Impact Fundraising Revenues

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The new 2017 tax law in the U.S. alters many of the tax incentives that encourage individual giving. Clearly, tax incentives are usually not most important reason most people give. But the incentives may contribute to how much donors…

Top 10 Fundraising Trends for 2018

What’s up for 2018? Times are changing, and fundraising is evolving too. If you want to be successful, then your nonprofit’s fundraising approach needs to adapt and innovate. The stakes are high. If you stick to the same old…

Top 10 Fundraising Trends for 2017

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Time to get ready for 2017! Here’s my list of the top fundraising trends for 2017  - trends that you should be watching. Let’s get prepared for the new year. Time to sharpen our skills and try out some new stuff. To help you…

39 Ideas From AFPFC That Will Make You A Smarter Fundraiser in 2016

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The AFP International Conference is always a huge highlight of the year. And this year, I have to say that I thought it was the BEST ever! Provocative and challenging ideas, smart presenters, and an appreciative, enthusiastic audience who…

Top 10 Fundraising Trends and Predictions for 2016

What’s up for 2016? Times are changing, and fundraising is evolving too. If you want to be successful, then your nonprofit’s fundraising approach needs to adapt and innovate. The stakes are high. If you stick to the same old…

What Keeps 1200 Fundraisers Up at Night?

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My recent Opinion Survey of Nonprofit Leaders came back with some rather shocking – or concerning – results. People who work in our nonprofit sector clearly have too much on their plates. I know – you are probably saying – “I’ve…

Time to Change the Way You Communicate With Donors: From Multichannel to Omnichannel Communications

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We all know that fundraising is changing. And the way we talk with with our donors is changing like wildfire. So many new communications tools are out there -- offering more possibilities than I can hardly imagine. How do you bring…

How to Get Your Current Donors to Give You 40% More

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What would it look like if you raised 40% more from your current donors? Let's run the numbers: What if you are raising right now - say, $100k a year -  and it comes from a group of about 700 donors. Wouldn’t it be wonderful…