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How to Attract Mega-Philanthropy – No Matter Your Organization’s Size

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO I recently solicited a prospective donor – over Zoom – for an eight-figure gift on behalf of one of our capital campaign clients. I have more than 30 years of fundraising experience under my belt, but I have NEVER asked a donor for such a substantial gift through a computer screen. But such…

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Campaign Planning Studies: Is NOW the Right Time?

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO A number of our clients and contacts have asked us about the proper timing for a Campaign Planning Study in light of the ongoing pandemic. Whether you call it a “Feasibility Study,” “Campaign Planning Study,” or “Campaign Readiness Assessment,” a planning study is critical to laying a solid foundation for a large-scale fundraising…

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Top Five Ways Nonprofits Can Use Giving USA 2020

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By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Giving USA is a powerful tool. It is the most trusted annual report on the sources and uses of philanthropy in the United States, but it’s also a valuable resource in helping us improve philanthropy.  Although 2019 may feel like a distant memory in light of the transformative events of 2020, nonprofit organizations can still…

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The Board Scorecard – What’s Your Nonprofit’s Score?

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By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Nonprofit Board members bring a diverse set of skills, experiences and connections to their organization.  Their voluntary involvement is the basis for the continued success (or failure) of an organization.  A Nonprofit Board member brings a specific skill set or a combination of skills to an organization which usually includes filling a knowledge gap,…

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Corporate Social Responsibility – Embrace it in 2020!

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As part of Jeffrey’s exclusive membership with the Kansas City Business Journal Leadership Trust, his most recent article takes a deep dive into the world of corporate social responsibility and why it should be a main component of your business plan. Click here to access the article in the Kansas City Business Journal or read on! By Jeffrey Byrne Co-Founder…

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What Was Giving Up To in 2018?

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Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO Check out the latest snapshot of donor behavior The Quarterly Fundraising Report from the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and Growth in Giving Initiative reveals some positive trends and opportunities in charitable giving.  But what are the facts behind this giving?  And how should nonprofits adjust their fundraising strategies accordingly? There are positive indicators, but we cannot…

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Giving USA: Interesting Reading or Fundraising Guide?

By | All Posts, Annual Giving, Capacity Building, Commentary, Current Events/News, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Giving USA, News You Can Use, Organizational + Personal Development, The Giving Institute | 2 Comments

Jeffrey D. Byrne President + CEO We’re approaching that most wonderful time of the year: Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017 is on the horizon. We’re ready to welcome Dr. Patrick Rooney back to Kansas City as he gives us that coveted first look at giving data for 2017 and provides critical observations and interpretations…

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JB+A Team Announcement – Heather Ehlert

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I am pleased to share Heather Ehlert recently undertook the role of Chief Operating Officer. In her time with JB+A, Heather has provided nonprofits a mature, working confidence and thorough knowledge when responding to their needs. Passionate and pragmatic, Heather is a perfectionist, driven by her dedication to JB+A’s mission: committed to nonprofit success. It’s a joy to announce Heather…

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Why Major Gifts? Why Now?

By | All Posts, Capacity Building, Commentary, Database Management, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, Prospect Research | No Comments

How many of us wish there were more hours in the day to focus on our major giving program and donors? Some of us may be one-man teams, but even those of us lucky enough to work in a fully-staffed, robust development office wish we had more time to reach out to more donors and have more meaningful conversations. Some…

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Do Your Homework, Sit Still and LISTEN

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Jeffrey D. Byrne, President + CEO We know to do our homework on prospective donors. You’ve heard me say time and again “Don’t commit fundraising malpractice!” (See my blog piece on the benefits of prospect research here.)That means do your research – because it reveals information about the wealth and capacity of prospects as well as information about philanthropic giving…

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