Titles for Fundraisers Revisited

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Not long ago I bookmarked a blog posting by David Lawson asking the question, “philanthropy, when did it become about fundraising?” In his post on Working Philanthropy, Lawson correlates the role of fundraising and a healthy nonprofit organization to the legacy of Steve Jobs. “Fundraising is a necessary part of philanthropy, but it in no way should […]

4 Problems With Giving Tuesday & How to Address Them

Address these four issues for your organization so you can rise above the noise of Giving Tuesday, and make the donor experience necessary, memorable, sustainable, and impactful. The four problems with Giving Tuesday are that:
1) Many nonprofits don’t offer any extra incentive for donors to act compared to any other day,
2) Outside of the actual donation, non-profit requests don’t make meaningful linkages back to the season of giving,
3) Aside from increasing requests and leveraging the increased attention, organizations don’t make it any easier to take action compared to other days,
4) Unlike Black Friday “doorbusters” and Cyber Monday “coupon codes,” Giving Tuesday gifts will not have any more impact than normal.

2011 AFP NC Philanthropy Conference

AFP NC Philanthropy Conference

This entry provides links to presentation materials referenced during my August 11, 2011 session at the 7th Annual AFP NC Philanthropy Conference in Durham, North Carolina. My session, International Perspectives to Inform Our Best Practices, explores the context for philanthropy and charity for international cultures such as those in Africa, Asia and Latin America and helps us reconsider our best practice models in light of a diverse perspective.

Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing – breathing new life into planned giving [Book Review]

Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing

If you’re like me, the term “planned gift” immediately conjures up visions of accountants, lawyers, and financial planners gathered around a large table stacked to the ceiling with superfluous paperwork situated in a musty building not far from a nursing home.

Morbid? Yes. Accurate? No.

Reconsidering the Titles We Give Professional Fundraisers

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Within the profession we use awkward terminology to refer to the relationship donors share with the person that represents their connection with the organization (e.g. development director and major gifts officer). Neither of these titles reflect the balance professional fundraisers negotiate between donor intent and organizational need… a highly difficult task in light of donor advised funds, restricted gifts, and performance-driven grant making. These titles also fail to address the other aspects of the fundraising profession, the trust relationship.