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Campaign Planning + Management

Giving USA 2019: Americans gave $427.71 billion to charity in 2018 during a complicated year for charitable giving

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Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018 Americans gave $427.71 billion to charity in 2018 during a complicated year for charitable giving Shaped by a mixture of counteracting economic and policy factors, total contributions grew 0.7% in current dollars, declined 1.7% adjusted for inflation Editor’s Note: If you live in the Greater Kansas City area,…

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The Campaign Planning Study:  Putting More Action into your Study

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Heather Ehlert Chief Operating Officer Whether you call it a “Feasibility Study,” “Campaign Planning Study,” “Campaign Readiness Assessment” or “Oh-My-Gosh-We’re-Actually-Thinking-About-a-CAMPAIGN!” a planning study is critical to laying a solid foundation for a large-scale fundraising effort.  Not only does it help prepare your organization internally, but a (good) planning study also externally tests your project plans and campaign concept. But couldn’t/shouldn’t…

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You Can Change Board Conversations Around Philanthropy By Using the Fundraising Fitness Test

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Erik Daubert, MBA, ACFRE Chair of the Growth in Giving Initiative and the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Faculty at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, LaGrange College, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Originally posted on Nonprofit Connect I have worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations who have used the Fundraising Fitness Test (FFT) and I am often asked, “How…

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Is Your Nonprofit in Shape? Don’t Miss Erik Daubert and The Fundraising Fitness Test in Kansas City

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How can you put your data to work? Utilize the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP). The Fundraising Effectiveness Project has developed a tool kit for nonprofits to harness their fundraising data. One of the largest philanthropic research projects in the world, the FEP was established in 2006 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at…

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Fundraising for your Botanical Gardens: If I Can Do It…

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Eric Tschanz Senior Consultant When I arrived at Powell Gardens, I told the Board I could build their garden, but I was NOT a fundraiser.  As President and Executive Director, I soon realized the need for outside funding if the Gardens were going to grow and prosper. Membership programs were started, earned income streams were developed, capital campaigns were initiated…

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Jeffrey Byrne to Speak at DonorPerfect Community Network Conference

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Jeffrey Byrne, JB+A Firm President + CEO, is honored to be presenting with our Prospect Research Partner, DonorSearch, and the Belcourt Theatre, Nashville’s nonprofit film center, at the 2016 DonorPerfect Community Network Conference in Philadelphia, PA , September 19-20.  They will be discussing how to effectively utilize prospect research in capital campaigns. DonorPerfect’s Community Network Conference is an annual gathering…

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Don’t Commit Fundraising Malpractice

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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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Great Capital Campaigns Have Great Business Plans

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Dan Cosgrove, Director of Operations + Senior Consultant You’ve made your donor call lists, put together a sleek brochure with a spot-on narrative and pretty graphs, organized the Steering Committee and pulled together the Gantt chart clearly stating how the capital campaign will progress. Are you truly ready to launch the campaign? Maybe. You might want to pause for a bit…

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Register Now for JB+A’s Latest Workshop

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Register now for Tools for Fundraising Success Building an Integrated Fundraising Program Friday, August 26, 2016  This hands-on workshop will detail best practices and step-by-step techniques for creating and implementing an integrated fundraising program that will transform your organization. **All attending organizations will receive two hours of complimentary fundraising consultation from JB+A.** 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 Bishop Spencer Place, Westport Room 4301 Madison Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri This…

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Five Secrets to Capital Campaign Success

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Judy Keller Executive Vice President After nine years as a fundraising consultant, I have learned a lot about campaigns that I never knew when I was an Executive Director or Development Director. Forty-eight clients later, I have met wonderful people doing courageous work, and am happy to say most of them succeeded in their campaign goals.  Here’s what those campaigns…

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