Genny and Matt Jessee lost their daughter before her fourth birthday to an undiagnosed neurological condition. Since then, they’ve plunged into the world of philanthropy, learning how to raise money, make grants, and build programs.
With an incredible amount of data at their fingertips, prospect researchers often work like private detectives, drilling deeply into the lives of potential donors. But when does such snooping go too far? And who makes the rules?
Since 2015, the consulting group has been engaged in a research-fueled campaign to convince wealthy donors to make more “big bets” for social change. How successful has this effort been? And why is this puzzle so difficult to solve?
She helped raise the billions of dollars that brought New York University from the brink of financial disaster to high-profile success. Now, in a new book, Naomi B. Levine offers 16 simple rules for bringing in the big bucks.
Gifts of art and other non-cash contributions play pivotal roles in the building of collections for museums, archives and libraries. But a new and higher bar for appraisals has made such donations more complicated.
Finance veteran Scott Krase and his family launched a foundation in 2017 that’s focused on making charity more direct, customizable and impactful. We hear about what motivated the venture and how it’s going so far.
Artificial intelligence is disrupting many industries throughout the U.S. and the world. Now, these technologies may—or may not—bring big changes to fundraising as machine learning is harnessed to development tasks.
As an increasing number of donors give through donor-advised funds and LLCs, it's becoming harder to identify and cultivate prospects, weakening fundraising operations that raise billions of dollars for nonprofits.
The 50-year-old story of Sesame Workshop is about a singular focus manifested through an array of evolving approaches. Judging by the two $100 million gifts it’s landed in recent years, the organization’s not-so-secret sauce is really working.
Strong boards are a key to successful fundraising by nonprofits. But it’s hardly a secret that boards often under-perform on this front. Even worse, miscommunication and disagreement over fundraising can push board members away.
Despite dire predictions that charitable giving would drop when tax reforms took effect last year, giving was actually quite healthy in 2018, according to a new study that also offers a range of insights about how nonprofits can reel in donations.
Researching potential donors isn’t exactly rocket science. But nor are the tricks of this trade so obvious to newcomers to development. We chat with a long-time high-level fundraiser about the ins and outs of digging for dollars.
They give more money. They’re more likely to join boards. They're passionate advocates for the organizations they support. What can the rest of the nonprofit world learn from the dream donors who power women’s causes?
A top annual conference that brings together fundraisers and marketers offers a glimpse of new strategies and ideas for raising more money—including drawing on neurological research to prime donors to write larger checks.
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.
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.
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.
At checkouts across the country, people are asked to make a $1 or $5 gift to a charity of the retailer’s choice. These efforts are spreading, often raising substantial sums through many tiny donations. How do the campaigns work?
Fundraisers of color confront racism and bias throughout their careers, according to a new study that sheds broader light on some of the troubling dynamics that surround issues of money, power and race in the nonprofit sector.
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.
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.