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Jeffrey Byrne

Fundraising on the Edge of Economic Instability

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Fundraisers are nervously watching the economic indicators and stakeholders’ reactions to the ups and downs of the stock market.  Do we batten down the hatches? Do we ride it out, hoping for the best?  What is the right move at this time? The good news is that, historically, giving during a downturn has dropped by only 0.5%.  Even during the…

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Prospect Research: A Guide for Development Offices

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Donations are the lifeblood of your nonprofit organization. Your organization’s development office is responsible for securing those donations. In particular, if you’re a fundraising professional working in a development office, you likely spend much of your time strategizing ways to secure large contributions from major donors.  A critical part of that strategizing is collecting and using donor data effectively. After…

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Jeffrey Endorses…..Simply FundraisingCRM: Save Time + Raise More Money

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder+ CEO I am proud to endorse Simply FundraisingCRM, a new fundraising software product that has just hit the market. As my colleagues in the industry know, there are many options out there for nonprofits to track and maintain their donor records. Simply FundraisingCRM is an ideal solution for small or smart nonprofits who want to…

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Top 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Giving USA 2021

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By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO  Giving USA 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.  Nonprofit organizations can use Giving USA 2021 data to help identify trends as well as opportunities to strengthen their fundraising in the coming years. Case in point, Giving USA…

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Giving USA 2021: Americans gave a record $471.44 billion to charity in 2020 during an uncertain and challenging year

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Total estimated charitable giving in the United States rose 5.1 percent between 2019 and 2020 despite the many challenges of 2020 Editor’s Note: Please join Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, LLC, Bank of America and Nonprofit Connect for 16 Years of presenting Giving USA to Kansas City. This special presentation of Giving USA 2021: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the…

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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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