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501c Success Series with Sandra Swirski: Cryptocurrency and 2022 Political Impact on the Nonprofit Sector

By All Posts, Commentary, Donor Cultivation, Education, Fundraising, Insights, Legislative + Advocacy No Comments

Sandra Swirski, Partner, Urban Swirski & Associates brought policy and practical fundraising advice from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City at the 501c Success National Speaker Series on February 25. Swirski’s 30 years of experience in management consulting includes working with nonprofits and large membership organizations to reimagine, build capacity and scale their public policy and advocacy infrastructures. She indicated the…

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Fundraising Software: 7 Essential Features to Prioritize

By All Posts, Database Management, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Organizational + Personal Development No Comments

By Guest Author: John Killoran, Clover Leaf Solutions* Your fundraising software is central to everything that your organization does and aims to accomplish. It’s how you keep your data organized, plan your fundraising efforts, and how you pull off successful campaigns. That’s why it’s crucial to make a worthwhile investment in a solution that meets your unique needs and helps…

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Donor Retention vs. Acquisition: What You Need to Know

By All Posts, Commentary, Donor Cultivation, Education, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation No Comments

As a nonprofit professional, you know that your donors are some of the most important people. After all, without their support and funding, your organization would not be able to achieve what it has for your mission. That’s why engaging donors and nurturing those relationships are so important. When fundraisers talk about donor engagement strategies, they’re likely referring to donor…

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University of Central Missouri Secures Oliphant Trust Funding for Historic Hendricks Hall Renovation

By All Posts, Arts/Culture/Humanities, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Campaign Planning + Management, Current Events/News, Donor Cultivation No Comments

Byrne Pelofsky is delighted to report that our client, University of Central Missouri (UCM), recently received a $100,000 gift from the Robert E. Oliphant Charitable Foundation Trust to support their capital campaign to restore and revitalize UCM’s iconic Hendricks Hall.  James W. Pollard, Co-Trustee & UCM alum (left) presented the gift to Courtney Goddard, UCM Vice President of Advancement (right),…

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Mackenzie Scott Calling, Are You Ready to Answer?

By All Posts, Commentary, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, Stewardship No Comments

Editor’s Note: BP+A is pleased to feature our friend and colleague Alison Patterson, Principal and Philanthropic Strategist with Patterson Philanthropic Advisors, which helps individuals and families plan and connect to the meaning and impact of their philanthropic relationships. We’ve been hearing a lot about the transformational gifts given by philanthropist Mackenzie Scott over the last year, and many not for…

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

By All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Donor Cultivation, Education, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Prospect Research No Comments

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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Take the Plunge into Planned Giving in 2021

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2020 forced many nonprofits to think about establishing long-term sustainability. When the inevitable recession comes along and traditional fundraising must be put on pause, what programs do you have in place to fill the gaps? This is where a robust planned giving program can really come in handy.  Properly orchestrated, a planned giving program can provide wonderful benefits to your…

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What Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Campaigns

By All Posts, Commentary, Current Events/News, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Insights, Legislative + Advocacy, News You Can Use No Comments

By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO I began my professional fundraising career on Capitol Hill in 1986 working on a Senatorial political campaign. My candidate was challenging an incumbent, and although we lost the race, we broke the Senate fundraising record at the time. I went on to serve in various fundraising positions on Congressional and Senatorial political campaigns across…

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