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Donor Retention vs. Acquisition: What You Need to Know

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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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How to Reduce Churn + Proactively Manage Your Giving Program

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A well-managed, sustainable recurring giving or membership program is an invaluable asset for nonprofits. Its benefits can be game-changing: A reliable source of unrestricted year-round revenue A vital community of supporters passionate about and engaged with your cause An audience of retained donors eager to hear about your next event, program, or campaign A healthy giving program gives you more…

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Mackenzie Scott Calling, Are You Ready to Answer?

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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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Virtual and Hybrid Fundraising Events: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going

By All Posts, Current Events/News, Fundraising, Insights, Major Gift Solicitation, Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media, Special Events No Comments

Back in April 2020, amidst the stay-at-home orders and uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, our special events guru shared her expertise on how to make the most out of our strange situation in the age of social distancing. One year later and she’s back to update us on the tried-and-true tips for hosting a virtual or hybrid event….

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Partner Spotlight: The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter

By All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Fundraising, Grants, Major Gift Solicitation, Social Services No Comments

Byrne Pelofsky is excited to announce that our client, The Willow, opened its doors to a second domestic violence shelter location last week after successfully completing a $750,000 capital campaign. The Willow is a shelter, support, and referral organization for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking serving Douglas, Jefferson, and Franklin counties in Kansas. Byrne Pelofsky and The Willow…

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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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Fundraising on the Front Lines: Virtual Fundraising Success Stories in the Age of Social Distancing – with Susan Tideman + Laura Berger

By All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Capacity Building, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Stewardship No Comments

Byrne Pelofsky recently shared our Six Steps to a Successful (Virtual) Solicitation. But what happens when you put these tips and strategies into practice? We asked two seasoned fundraisers working in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area – Susan Tideman, Associate Vice President of Advancement at William Jewell College, and Laura Berger, Director of Development at Saint Luke’s Foundation, about what…

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Six Steps to a Successful (Virtual) Solicitation

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The bad news for nonprofits? It looks like we’re in it for the long haul with social distancing restrictions. The good news? Major gift solicitations on a virtual platform seem to be working. But as with all solicitations, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it. And without the personal foundation of a face-to-face connection, fundraisers…

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

By All Posts, Boards + Leadership, Campaign Planning + Management, Capacity Building, Current Events/News, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Giving USA, Grants, Legislative + Advocacy, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Planned Giving, Stewardship, Strategic Planning, The Giving Institute No Comments

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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