A new study reveals that millennials give more to charitable causes than was previously thought. What motivates giving by these young donors? What causes do they support? And how can nonprofits and universities best connect with this group?
There’s growing recognition that women often play the lead role in family philanthropy. But higher ed fundraising practices have yet to catch up with this insight. Two fundraisers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been trying to change that.
June Bradham fell into fundraising by accident, back when it was still a male-dominated field, but she went on to chart a stellar career that has included pioneering new research and building a successful consulting practice. How did she do it?
Program officers and fundraising consultants see a lot of really bad proposals. So we asked some of them to candidly identify the most common blunders that ensure a grant request is dead on arrival at a foundation.
Started in 2009 by five law students in a campus cafeteria, Young Invincibles has become an increasingly visible national organization engaging young people in policy issues. Already backed by top foundations, it’s now looking to engage more individual donors.
Shaming billionaire donors may feel good, but does it actually accomplish anything? A top fundraiser argues that authentic engagement and “radical listening” is a better way to steer big money to the social causes that most need attention.
A new book on wills, “Becoming One of the Grateful Dead,” explores issues around planned giving and bequests, but also the complex and often fraught family dynamics that can surround charitable donations.
Despite all the stories of institutions raising eye-popping amounts of money, capital campaigns often fail spectacularly. Why do things go wrong? And what strategies can help ensure that such campaigns succeed from the get-go?
For funders and fundraisers alike, keeping track of stakeholder conversations can be hard in an era of digital overload. We connect with a tech firm that’s built a new tool to help organizations navigate an increasingly noisy nonprofit landscape.
The latest research on women and philanthropy from the Lilly School suggests that women of all races take a lead role in prompting charitable giving and fundraisers who ignore them do so at their peril. We dig into these important findings.
While 2018 turned out to be a good year for fundraisers, some experts predict that raising money will be more challenging, starting this year and continuing into the future, due to a combination of demographic and economic factors.
A small but growing group of charities has been able to raise millions of dollars apiece using little-known federal tax credits that have been around for nearly 20 years. Here’s a look at a promising funding source that more nonprofits should know about.
When the primary benefactor behind a nonprofit goes away, it can be a rough transition to a new and sustainable funding model. Some organizations don’t survive. The Ucross Foundation’s artist colony is determined to learn the ways of fundraising.
Tito’s Homemade Vodka now calls itself a charity company that “just happens to sell vodka on the side.” Its expanded philanthropy pays keen attention to improving employee satisfaction, productivity, and—of course—the bottom line.
Projecting charitable giving by Americans has always been more of an art than a science. But now it’s getting even harder to make reliable estimates thanks to changes in tax law and other factors. So how can nonprofits know what to expect?
Many nonprofit executives and board members have never worked in the trenches raising money and don’t understand how the process works. Key misperceptions about fundraising can hurt staff morale and lead organizations to raise less money than they could.
A major falloff in charitable donations may yet materialize as a result of changes in federal tax law. But interviews with more than two dozen experts who track nonprofit giving reveal that fundraising kept going strong in 2018, with many groups pulling in donations at record levels.
To increase giving to their cause, charities should inform existing and potential donors about what others are contributing, according to new research. But gender can play a key role in influencing this psychological dynamic.
Nonprofit employers have become more accommodating when staff need a break to handle pressing personal issues. But fundraisers with lots of responsibility can find it tricky to step away from work. Here’s how to swing it.
Fundraising experts have long called for an end to capital campaigns and the pressure they cause for fundraisers and their institutions. Macalester College is an example of a school charting a new path. How’s that working out?
He was the author of five textbooks on fundraising and the brains behind Indiana University’s blockbuster strategies for raising boatloads of cash. What was Kent Dove’s secret sauce?
As fundraisers everywhere pray for end-of-the-year miracles, Karen Brooks Hopkins draws on her decades of chasing money—and landing big gifts—to offer some bracing advice on how to succeed in this business.
With crowdfunding campaigns bringing in more cash for a range of causes, eight California charities working on behalf of immigrants have formed a new fundraising coalition that will debut on Giving Tuesday.
It’s no secret that many women have been enraged by the ascendancy of Donald Trump. Now, new research documents how this anger affected their charitable giving after the 2016 election.
We continue our monthly series on fundraising careers with a deep dive into job interviews, which can be a minefield for even the most seasoned development professionals. Here’s how not to screw up.
Funding for rare diseases rarely comes from foundations or billionaire donors. Instead, it mostly comes from the families and friends of people affected. Here’s an example of how a small community of donors can underwrite significant research.
A group of foundations and other donors have pooled their resources to provide grants and loans that help progressive organizations test new fundraising ideas or expand existing fundraising efforts.
We look at the story behind a big gift to a struggling hospital in an underserved urban neighborhood. Such donations are rare. So how did this one come about?
Reaching the top of the fundraising world involves so much more than perfecting one’s solicitation skills. Just ask Bob Carter, whose varied and successful career offers a number of lessons.
Do today's young people have what it takes to succeed in grueling jobs that generally consist of 90 percent rejection? A veteran fundraiser reflects on the growing challenges—yet exhilarating upsides—of chasing donors.