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5 Easy Ways to Boost Bequest Giving

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Giving USA 2017 just came out a week ago and the news is good. Total charitable giving rose to a new all-time high of $390 billion. Giving by individuals, foundations, and corporations were all up by 3-4%. (Check out this …

The Best Naming Policy is Having a Policy!

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There are few things more fun during capital campaign planning than spreading the blueprints across a table and choosing the rooms and spaces that might be named. It’s part of the dreaming not only of the space itself, but of …

Your Ever-Changing Development Committee

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There are some topics that just keep coming up for us as fundraisers. One of those is the elusive development committee and its role in supporting the work of the organization. I was recently in a discussion as a volunteer …

A Thoughtful Approach to Solicitor Training

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Yesterday was a great day. I spent it preparing volunteer solicitors to make campaign asks. We didn’t do a group training. Instead, we worked with teams of two. We called it orientation rather than training. We set ourselves up in …

Fundraising E-mail: Some Words of Caution

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There’s been a lot of buzz in the fundraising blogosphere about e-mail lately, with a few major studies showing that more may not be better when it comes to fundraising e-mail. This day had to come. As more and more …