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The Beauty of the Consent Agenda

An excerpt from the forthcoming book “TRUISMS for Trustees,” by T. Christian Rollins, MBA, CFRE, Chief Development Officer at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Marlton, NJ, and author of TRUISMS of Fundraising.   Many organizations use the consent agenda to improve the efficiency and productivity of their board meetings, enabling them to focus on their primary […]

Autumn Leaves

Hear that rustling sound? Could it be the autumn wind?  Perhaps falling leaves?  Or is it the turning of the calendar, revealing the fourth quarter?  It could even be your donors, opening their year-end appeal, or their checkbooks. Yep.  Another year has turned into the home stretch.  It’s time for the sprint to year-end. Development […]

Walking To New Orleans

Okay. I admit it. I am geeked-up for the Pride Development Institute’s Fall Leadership Forum, September 11-13, in New Orleans. I’ve been listening to Fats Domino’s Walking to New Orleans, checking the schedules at Tipitina’s and Rock ‘N’ Bowl, and looking forward to returning to a few of my favorite restaurants. But it’s more than […]

Don’t Fall In Love With The Tactic

In my first book – TRUISMS of Fundraising – I discuss communication in a chapter entitled, “Hit Your Target.” While social media was not top of mind, the basic tenets of message and communication strike me as particularly timely. At the risk of reading like an Abbott and Costello routine, by applying the ‘Who – […]

It’s Still About Individual Donors

  Giving USA 2013 is out, and development professionals from coast to coast have been scouring the results, and speculating on its meaning since the hour of its release. The good news is that giving continues its recovery. And while that recovery – like the economy – may be a bit slower than we would […]

Penny Wise?

  As many not-for-profit organizations continue to experience significant challenges – increased demand for their services, as well as revenue pressures – some are reacting in unfortunate, if not surprising ways. Across the board, budget cuts, which arbitrarily include the development program, are short-sighted at best, and potentially debilitating. In his widely viewed TED talk, […]

Accidental Stewards

Are we accidental stewards? Even worse, are we careless stewards, realizing – only as it comes time to reenlist the support of a current contributor – that they haven’t heard from us in over a year? Or, are we deliberately, planfully, and thoroughly demonstrating responsible stewardship to our generous donors? Many well-intentioned development officers do […]

Physician Giving: Engaging a Critical Constituency

Few topics in the field of healthcare philanthropy garner as much attention as physician giving. The conversation – and far too often our actual approach to the medical staff – goes something like, “They’re on staff. They make a lot of money. Why don’t they give us some?” Today’s physicians face many challenges and demands. […]

Charities Report Positive Outlook

According to a new report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, more than 70% of U.S. charitable organizations expect donations to rise in 2013. The positive outlook follows a year in which 58% of not-for-profits reported an increase. The study was co-sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. AFP President Andrew Watt – who will keynote […]

The What, When, Why, and How of Feasibility Studies

The feasibility study is a frequently employed, and often valuable step for many not-for-profit organizations, especially when preparing for a capital campaign. Most experienced development professionals have been through them. So do we really need a definition? What Yes. Remember that the feasibility study is only a tool. Counting the projected financial target as money […]

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