JGA Blog

Donor-Advised Funds: What Nonprofits Should Know

August 06, 2015

Donor-advised funds (DAF) continue to be a popular way for individual donors to manage their philanthropy. DAFs are not a passing trend and are, in fact, here to stay. According to the 2014 Donor-Advised Fund Report, issued by National Philanthropic Trust, as of 2013, more than 217,000 DAFs had been established, which is a 34 percent increase in just seven years. In that same year, DAFs granted $9.66 billion to charitable organizations, and more than $17 billion was contributed into these funds.

With this in mind, it is important to understand the basics about DAFs to better prepare your organization to work with individuals who have DAFs.

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Keys to a Master Fundraiser’s Success

May 20, 2015

During my years at JGA I have had the opportunity to work with several score development officers. When it comes to effectively soliciting gifts, there is one who I would put at the head of the class. This individual wishes to remain anonymous, so I’ll refer to him as “Joe.”

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5 Keys to Using Storytelling in Fundraising

May 06, 2015

Storytelling plays a powerful role in communicating your mission to donors. Through stories, you share your institutional history, values, and priorities -- creating a connection between you, your institution, and your donors.

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Critical Role of Gift Policies

April 30, 2015

Are all “gifts” created equal? We generally say that it takes all types of gifts to move an organization forward and we want to make our donors feel as good as we can about their intent to make a gift in support of the organization.

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Hot Trend for 2015 is to G-I-V-E

February 23, 2015

What is trending today in the world of philanthropy? What is the philanthropic context in which we work? As we anticipate important shifts in philanthropy in 2015, I thought it would be helpful to look at some key philanthropic trends and how they may impact how donors G-I-V-E.

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Happy New Year! Is Your Development Operation Ready for 2015?

January 07, 2015

It is hard for me to believe that it is 2015. It just feels that time is moving faster and faster. We can’t do anything to slow down the calendar, but you can spend some time now to help position yourself and your development operation for a great 2015.

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Role Play the Donor Relationship, Not Just the Ask

December 23, 2014

So, I have been on a soapbox lately about a practice that we fundraisers often do – we role play the “ask” meeting. You know the drill – pair off and one of you be the donor and the other the solicitor. Then switch. Then debrief.

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Have You Hugged Your Donors Lately? A Lesson in Stewardship from Dogs

December 17, 2014

My friend Marti Healy writes a bi-weekly column for a South Carolina community newspaper. Recently she wrote about the dog version of hugging – leaning – and how we humans have a lot to learn from dogs about “well-timed, good and proper” hugging.

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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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Elements of a Successful Parent Fundraising Program

August 01, 2014

The other day I was reflecting on my past work with the parent constituency within a university setting. Parents are sometimes grouped into the “friends” or “other” category of donor giving, but their needs, interests, and relationships to the school are often different from alumni and they should be stewarded appropriately.

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