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Jeffrey Byrne

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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Do Your Homework, Sit Still and LISTEN

By | All Posts, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Organizational + Personal Development, Prospect Research, Volunteers | No Comments

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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Don’t Commit Fundraising Malpractice

By | All Posts, Campaign Planning + Management, Database Management, Donor Cultivation, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Prospect Research, Technology | No Comments

Jeffrey D. Byrne, President + CEO I truly believe it is “fundraising malpractice” when nonprofits do not do their “homework” about prospective donors.  Much more than learning about the estimated wealth and capacity of a prospect, research can reveal information about philanthropic giving history and involvement as well as natural partners and connections. Then add the “human touch” of the…

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Top 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Giving USA

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Jeffrey D. Byrne, President + CEO Every year, I truly enjoy pouring over the data in Giving USA.  But I also realize Giving USA is so much more than the annual report on philanthropy – it’s a valuable tool to help improve philanthropy.   Nonprofit organizations can use Giving USA to help identify trends in their sector as well as successes…

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What Women Want…In Philanthropy

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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure and privilege of spending time with Dr. Debra Mesch. While I was certainly impressed by her knowledge and awareness of key matters affecting philanthropy today, I was equally moved by why she researches, writes and teaches about gender matters in charitable behavior:  her commitment to improving and increasing philanthropy. For more than 40…

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Advocacy in the Philanthropic Sector: We Can. We Should.

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Jeffrey D. Byrne President + CEO Over a two-year (2015-2016) presidential fundraising cycle, candidates and political committees will raise an estimated $12-$15 billion. During that same time period, Americans will give an estimated $770 Billion to philanthropy! With the 2016 election process heading into full swing, it reminds me how fortunate we are, as a nation, to enjoy the liberties…

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