JGA Blog

Women Give 2014: The Latest Research on Women’s Philanthropic Giving Patterns

December 11, 2014

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy focused their 2014 research, Women Give 2014, on the impact of religion as a key influencer of women’s philanthropy. Religiosity has long been seen as a key influencer for individual charitable giving but what about the impact of both religion and gender on philanthropic giving?

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Charitable Registrations -- Are You In Compliance?

December 04, 2014

We work in a rapidly evolving field. And one aspect of that evolution – Charitable Solicitation Registration – has become increasingly important. It is essential that we stay informed and up to date regarding it. It is our sense that many nonprofits are either not in compliance or are very uncertain about how to comply.

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Solicitation Tips for Your Board

November 25, 2014

As professionals in the advancement field, we are regularly asked the best ways to train board members to solicit donations. The most rewarding experiences for volunteers, staff and donors occur when all parties work together and communicate openly to reach a common goal.

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Importance of Grateful Patient Fundraising Programs

November 13, 2014

I am guessing there is not a hospital in the United States that doesn’t currently have, or hasn’t at least discussed establishing, a grateful patient fundraising program. As the reimbursement model changes, hospitals are increasingly looking for new revenue streams and hospital fundraising programs and foundations are under increased pressure to generate more in philanthropic revenue.

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Useful Fundraising Metrics I Wish I Had Known Then

November 05, 2014

As a recent addition to the JGA team, I read a quote by an unknown author that really stuck with me – “Today I close the door to the past, open the door to future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in my life.”

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Generational Giving Preferences

October 24, 2014

For the first time ever, there are now four generations of donors active in the philanthropic marketplace at the same time. Due to increased life expectancy, fundraisers are now working with a donor pool that includes representatives of the Millennial, Gen X, Boomer, and Silent/Great generations.

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Nonprofit Salary Report Provides Insight on Staff Retention Challenges

October 16, 2014

It’s a question I hear frequently. It’s raised by nonprofit board members, volunteers, chief executive officers, and program staff alike. It’s one for which there isn’t a simple answer. But it’s a critical question for any nonprofit organization – How can we do a better job of retaining staff members?

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New Approach to Leadership Training

October 10, 2014


I recently read an article in the Economist suggesting that companies use great classic books to train their upcoming senior management as an alternative to the almost cliché, outward-bound style experiences.

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Critical Role of Unrestricted Giving

October 02, 2014

In today’s world, we are offered choices at every turn. Do we buy vanilla ice cream or chocolate or one of 53 other flavors? Do we choose to watch a movie, a home improvement show, or a sports event on TV?

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Importance of Financial Projections for Nonprofits

September 24, 2014

When organizations look to the future, one of the first documents worked on is usually a strategic plan. While the strategic plan gives the organization a road map to get from where it is to where it would like to be, don’t overlook the importance of financial projections as well.

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