JGA has the privilege of working with a diverse mix of nonprofit organizations and institutions to develop their preliminary cases for support. Though many clients may see this work as a chore, it is a key part of campaign planning that can significantly impact the success of your campaign. No pressure!
In a new Giving USA Spotlight newsletter entitled “The Next Generation of Alumni Giving,” the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE) sponsored a comprehensive view of alumni giving, written and researched by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
While at a client’s office several months ago, I was introduced to one of their new Advancement staff members. This person was both experienced and eager to get underway in their new work. The Vice President who had searched for and found this person is savvy, strategic, hard-working and good at setting and hitting goals.
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.
Campaigns are often preceded by a feasibility study. It’s a common and proven way to gauge what level of philanthropic support may be achieved in a campaign and what strategy will help ensure the success of a campaign.
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.
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.
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.