Charitable giving grows again!

GivingUSA 2015 Source Pie Chart-500w

The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year’s giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA’s press release: Overall charitable giving in the […]

Millenials aren’t really that different!

"Selfie" by Patrik Nygren. Used with permission.

Millenials aren’t really different. Charities just haven’t been paying attention! Charities have gotten used to the WORLD WAR II GENERATION’s trust in big social programs. Big programs overcame the Great Depression and overcame Hitler, right? So if “everyone does their part” we’ll overcome the next hurdle. But their kids, the SILENT GENERATION started questioning the […]

[Guest Post] Improve Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising with Prospect Research

Bill Tedesco, founder & CEO of DonorSearch

I’m pleased to welcome Bill Tedesco, founder and CEO of DonorSearch, my favorite prospect research tool. Prospect research is so vitally important to successful nonprofit fundraising. But so misunderstood by nonprofit leaders. A veteran of prospect research, Bill shows you how researching your donors and prospects can move your fundraising forward. You can learn more […]

71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising – for free!

Hospital Fundraising Summit https://ov213.isrefer.com/go/hfs15reg/marcapitman/

If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It’s coming April 6 – 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I’ve just heard that the schedule for The […]

[Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

Joe Garecht writes on creating a successful nonprofit fundraising plan

I’ve been enjoying Joe Garecht’s work at The Fundraising Authority for years. And I’m thrilled that he’ll be teaching in The Nonprofit Academy in January. He’ll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, so I’ve invited him to share a few tips here as well. You can connect with Joe on […]

Are you ready for donors using LinkedIn?

LinkedIn and nonprofit fundraising

In teaching nonprofit social media, I call LinkedIn the “little engine that could.” Started in late 2002, LinkedIn has seen many social media platforms rise and fall. (Anyone remember Friendster or MySpace?) But LinkedIn keeps trucking along. And in my non-scientific experience, it is the preferred social media platform of many executives. They tell me […]

4 Disney Lessons to Transform Your Donor Retention

Adventure Mickey for Donor Retention post

I’m just finishing up another family trip to Walt Disney World. Every time I’m here, I study the culture, habits, and design of the parks and resorts. I’m fascinated by their attention to detail, their ability to create brand new merchandising opportunities, and their ability to engage guests of all levels. I’ve written about lessons […]