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Category Archives: Philanthropy Trends

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

by Trish Williams, Client Resource Specialist, Pride Philanthropy The old saying is a “picture paints a thousand words” and that continues to hold true, especially with today’s shortened attention spans and so much information be thrown at us daily. It is important that you not only tell your organization’s story with text but also with […]

Take Your Planned Gifts Program to the Next Level

by Patti Lyons, Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy Highly motivated, charitably inclined people have been making bequests and other gift provisions in their property distribution plans for several hundred years. The wealthiest have made and continue to make substantial provisions to create foundations, endowment funds and trusts that benefit numerous charitable organizations. Every fundraising professional knows […]

So . . . What’s Your Plan? Part Two

by Joni King, Senior Vice President, Pride Philanthropy Now that you have key people  involved in your planning process for next year, let’s outline what you will need for your sessions. To prepare for your planning sessions, it will be helpful to have the following: Copy of last year’s calendar Activity reports Monthly contribution reports […]

So . . . What’s Your Plan? Part One

by Joni King, Senior Vice President, Pride Philanthropy It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. With that in mind, it’s time to start your annual review of this year’s fundraising goals and objectives, and begin the planning process for 2015. Before you begin planning for next year, take the time to […]

Giving a Balanced Thanks

by Kelley Nan Lopez, Vice President of Operations While recognition plays an important role in donor appreciation, continued support, and visibility, it is important to remember that over-recognizing could cause more harm than good. The saying “it’s the thought that counts” rings true in honoring those who give. Many large national nonprofits are notorious for […]

Building Your Online Fundraising House

by Karen Barnes, Marketing Specialist, Pride Philanthropy Since we are kicking off our Fall Leadership Conference this week entitled “Building Your Dream Fundraising House”, here are some steps you can take to not only begin but increase your online fundraising efforts. Build the foundation. Review both your website and your ability to accept online donations. […]

Gifts of Stock: It’s Now or Never

by Patti Lyons, Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy With the year-end approaching and the stock market at a historic high, fundraisers should be routinely communicating with their donors and prospective donors about making new gifts or completing current pledges with gifts of appreciated securities. Even sophisticated donors don’t always understand the advantages of giving stock versus […]

Prospect Research: What NOT to Do

by Trish Williams, Client Resource Specialist We all know how beneficial having good prospect research in hand can be when going out to make that ask, but are there things you should avoid when doing research? The answer is a definitive “yes”. Don’t begin your research with preconceived ideas.   While it can definitely help to […]

Make Time For Donor Cultivation

by Kelley Nan Lopez, Vice President of Operations, Pride Philanthropy “There aren’t enough hours in the day,” is something most of us have said.  When daily tasks begin getting in the way of effective fundraising practices, you know it is time to take control of your schedule.  Regardless of deadlines and demands, there are a […]

For Hospice, It’s All About Gift Number Two

by T. Christian Rollins, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development Officer of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, and author of TRUISMS of Fundraising. First the good news: many hospice organizations receive an impressive number of memorial gifts. Now, the bad news: that heartfelt remembrance is far too often the donor’s first and last gift. While memorial gifts are […]

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