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Create Charitable Giving Magic – Without a Wand

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Beth Silverstein Senior Consultant When donor passion intersects with institutional aspiration, magic happens.  But the real magic is what it takes to get to the pinnacle of relationship where donor and cause are seamlessly, intensely aligned. It is a well-known trend that donors are beginning to focus their giving, narrowing the number of organizations they support.  They are also looking…

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A Simple Standard for Ethics in Philanthropy

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Heather Ehlert Chief Operating Officer As if March Madness and the NCAA recruiting investigations weren’t enough of a distraction, the recent “varsity blues” scandal has people talking about ethics in giving (rightfully so).  Some folks are intensifying their criticism of large-scale gifts to colleges and universities (“the best and most-endowed institutions just get wealthier…”).  Others are introducing legislation (eliminating the…

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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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A Special Christmas Gift

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John Marshall Senior Vice President As our family looks forward to another holiday gathering, I can’t help but reflect on the numerous Christmas experiences we have shared over the past 50 years, starting with my wife Gwen and I as newlyweds all the way to, well, now. Christmas is such a special time for us as family members travel great…

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Nonprofit Staff Development: Not a Nicety, A Necessity

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Katie Lord Vice President Between technological advances, the rise of the “gig” economy and the transition to a majority millennial workforce, it should come as no surprise that change is happening across all sectors and it is happening faster than we are able to accommodate. This can be especially true when it comes to the nonprofit sector, where I consider…

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Economic Trends, Philanthropy and Civil Society: Dr. Patrick Rooney and Giving USA 2018 in Kansas City

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Dr. Patrick Rooney Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy On June 15, JB+A welcomed Dr. Patrick Rooney, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, back to Kansas City for…

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Giving USA: Interesting Reading or Fundraising Guide?

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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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Love your Volunteers. Really.

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Veronica Gerrity Coordinator of Administration + Consulting April 15th through the 21st was National Volunteer Week in the US, powered by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This special time gave nonprofit organizations the opportunity to remember the great works accomplished by their volunteers. Established in 1974 and growing steadily ever since, National Volunteer Week…

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Why Major Gifts? Why Now?

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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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Philanthropy is Business…and That’s OK

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As we close out another year with the turn of the calendar to January, many of us spend some time reflecting on the lessons learned over the past 12 months while setting organizational goals for the year ahead.  We need to take the time, not only to do this on a personal and organizational basis, but as a profession.  I…

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