April 7, 2017

Fundamentals of Fundraising

LinkedIn Has a Treasure Trove of New Donors

Oct 04

Fundraisers know that earning the support of returning and new donors is like discovering a buried treasure. There are many benefits that nonprofits can gain from having an established, long-term relationship with returning donors and volunteers. But Fundraisers can also find themselves running into walls. Donors

Venturing into New Fundraising Networks

Sep 26

With groundbreaking science and innovations taking place in the University setting, it’s the common hope of students and schools to develop those talents and discoveries into viable businesses. But we all know that this goal requires capital. So why not take a page from funded business founders who

Technology + Collaboration = Alumni Engagement and Support

Sep 26

As higher education fundraisers, it can become tempting to see the tasks of our own departments as unique and separate from the rest of the school, but to our donors (past, present, and future) we’re all part of the same organization. During a recent Hot

Myths about LinkedIn Data – Don’t Believe the Hype!

Aug 22

Have you fallen prey to the myths circulating about who is and who isn’t using LinkedIn? From “they’re all 20-somethings looking for jobs” to “you should only connect with people you know”, there are a lot of false assumptions about LinkedIn users. So we’ve gathered actual statistics to

Successful Prospecting, Engagement & Careers Initiatives

Jul 21

Earlier this month, Daniel Ledford of Emory College of Arts and Sciences shared some insights into how he and his colleagues have been using LiveAlumni to improve their connections with Emory alumni. Daniel is the Associate

Social Fundraising: Engage New Supporters Through Personal Connections

Jun 18

Social fundraising is one of those strategies people aren’t entirely sure about yet. How much does it really help when people share your organization on social media? Nonprofit Tech for Good, “The arc of success for digital fundraising has just begun.” As people like and share

A Surge of Major Donations for Brain Research

May 20

The brain is one of the human body’s most complex organs and there is a lot about it that is still unknown. According to Judi Liu MD, Ph.D., assistant neurology professor at Brown University, there is no other scientific or medical problem that has as

The Generation that is Breaking Stereotypes and Changing Philanthropy

May 03

The millennial generation, those born between 1980 and 2000, have been described by older counterparts as entitled, narcissistic, and even lazy. However, in the past few years, stories have emerged that question this stereotype. Whilst millennials are taking radical steps away from trends of past generations, many new

Donor Retention for Annual Success

May 03

Charitable giving in the US has increased nearly every year since the late 1970’s. Blackbaud’s 2017 Charitable Giving Report stated that all sectors of nonprofit donations were up by about 1% in 2016; higher education saw a slightly higher increase at about 1.5%. While it is good

Top Online Fundraising Ideas for Higher Education

Apr 30

Alumni both young and old are relying more and more on technology to donate to their alma mater. In 2016, online giving grew 7.9% for the nonprofit sector but in the higher education sector the growth was a stunning 12.3%. So online campaigns for giving

The Untapped Potential of your International Alumni

Apr 17

According to the 2016 edition of Education at a Glance, the number of international students worldwide has grown tremendously over the past decades with around 5 times as many international students as there were in the 1970’s. The U.K., Canada, Australia and France are increasingly popular

Double Alumni Donations with Matching Gifts

Apr 17

If you are looking to make the most of every dollar given to your school this year then matching gifts should be a part of your fundraising appeals. Matching gifts programs are a way companies give back by matching the charitable donations made by their employees. If

Creative Events for an Engaged Alumni Community

Apr 02

The history of alumni relations mostly likely dates back to the turn of the 19th century when Yale organized an annual giving campaign inviting alumni to support their alma mater. Since then, it has evolved into a much more comprehensive role. Although every institution organizes their alumni initiatives a bit

Alumni Portfolios for Everyone

Mar 21

The internal planning that goes into segmenting and engaging prospective donors can be even more challenging than finding themThere are numerous methods to segment profiles but the key to managing donor engagement is to strategically organize alumni portfolios. At higher education institutions, alumni portfolios should