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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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RJ Children’s Haven: Making a Special Event Truly Special

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Lisa Roush Morse Vice President When introducing a newly created agency to the good people of the greater Kansas City, you can take a page from the RJ Children’s Haven (RJCH) playbook! On May 9, RJCH’s Board members and volunteers welcomed more than 100 people into the Grand Street Café community meeting room, offering a warm breakfast and a warm-your-heart…

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Grant Writing + Prospect Research = The Perfect Pair

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Danielle Schaefer Grants Coordinator When you officially join the ranks of grant writers, you imagine yourself writing all day, sending in application after application and receiving checks from willing donors with whom you’ve created incredible connections through your work. Unfortunately, prospect research isn’t always thought of as an upfront and critical part of the grant writing process, especially for those…

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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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Last Minute Tax Considerations to Save Donors Money in April!

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Editor’s Note: JB+A  is pleased to feature our friend and colleague William McMorran, Senior Partner and Planned Giving Consultant with Green Oak Consulting Group, which provides tailored planned giving solutions for nonprofit organizations, individuals and retirement communities.  Bill believes donors, and the charities that they believe in, deserve a committed and trusted partner to create and support meaningful planned gifts. For more…

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Mindful Fundraising in Membership Organizations

By | All Posts, Annual Giving, Capacity Building, Database Management, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Insights, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Planned Giving, Stewardship, Strategic Planning | No Comments

Jennifer Studebaker Coordinator of Administration + Consulting “We do not engage in fundraising. We’re a membership-based organization.” This is the response I have received when engaging with associations and other nonprofits that operate on a membership model. While I understand developing a giving program sounds like a lot of work, you do not need a sophisticated development department to make…

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#GivingTuesday – A Kickoff to the Giving Season

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#GivingTuesday 2018! Did you see the billboards announcing its arrival around the Kansas City metro area? These billboards were made possible by the generosity of Lamar Advertising, the largest provider of outdoor advertising in Kansas City. Each year since 2013, Lamar has partnered with JB+A to raise awareness of #GivingTuesday by providing pro bono digital billboards around our community. “Lamar is happy…

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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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Don’t Fear DAFs (Donor-Advised Funds)

By | Annual Giving, Current Events/News, Donor Cultivation, Fiscal Management, Fundraising, Grants, Insights, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Stewardship | No Comments

Katie Lord Vice President Over the past several months there has been a lot of negative media attention cast upon the nonprofit sector relating to Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs).  But before I dive deeper into my thoughts about the matter, let’s start with the basics. I have to say you may have your head buried in the sand if you haven’t…

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Giving USA 2018: What Did Americans Give to Charity in 2017?

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Powered by a booming stock market and a strong economy, charitable giving by American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations to U.S. charities surged to an estimated $410.02 billion in 2017, according to Giving USA 2018: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2017. Giving exceeded $400 billion in a single year for the first time, increasing 5.2 percent (3.0…

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