JGA Blog

Developing Your Case for Support — Preparation is Everything!

March 23, 2015

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!

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Declining Alumni Giving: What’s happening? Why is it happening? And, what can we do about it?

March 11, 2015

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.

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Set New Employees Up to Succeed

March 05, 2015

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.

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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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Impact of #GivingTuesday Spotlights Year-End Giving Growth

February 11, 2015

Giving USA recently released a Spotlight issue on the topic of #GivingTuesday. The report confirms the success of the national philanthropic movement and its impact on online giving.

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Are You Ready for a Campaign Feasibility Study?

January 14, 2015

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.

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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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Giving USA 2014: Implications for Higher Education

December 30, 2014

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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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