April 7, 2017

Fundamentals to Fundraising

Top Online Fundraising Ideas for Higher Education

May 31

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

A Surge of Major Donations for Brain Research

May 08

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

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

Impact Giving – A New Style of Charitable Giving

Mar 21

Donors have always been inclined to give to causes they feel connected to, and a new style of giving is emerging in the philanthropic community called Impact Giving or Impact PhilanthropyThe term emphasizes a more personal relationship between donors and the long-term outcome of the causes they

Finding New Prospects – A Webinar Overview with Cal State San Bernardino’s Michael Regan

Mar 08

Our recent Hot Topic Webinar was hosted by Michael Regan, Senior Director of Prospect Strategy at Cal State San Bernardino. Michael, who has over 10 years of experience in prospect research, has worked at renowned institutions such as Yale, NPR and Trinity Colleges. Now, working in part of

Higher Education’s Path to Corporate Donations

Feb 21

The Philanthropy Outlook 2018 & 2019 reports that recent tax-reforms have made the corporate giving scene a bit uncertain in the upcoming years, in spite of this, however, it remains an important source of annual giving donations. So in preparation for the upcoming year of corporate outreach, we’ve reviewed

Donor-Advised Funds – What Fundraisers Should Know

Feb 21

Donor-advised funds are the ‘fastest-growing vehicle in philanthropy’ according to the National Philanthropic Trust. For the 6th consecutive year individual donor-advised funds, or DAFs, have increased by 6%. And in 2016 alone over $15.75 billion was granted to charities from DAFs.

Why Advancement Professionals should Map Relationships

Feb 06

Successful fundraising means forming relationships – especially when prospecting for major gifts. Cultivation is just part of the process and it generally takes quite a lot of time and resources. So, why not use the relationships of your constituents to leverage new donors? Aka – relationship mapping.

Chinese & Chinese-Americans Ascend in the Philanthropy Scene

Feb 06

In the past years fundraising has been focusing more attention on international donors. Analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Education has revealed the top sources for international gifts to U.S. colleges and universities. Amongst the top countries – China. A study done by