WINDFALL GIFTS: BLESSING OR A CURSE?

Windfall gifts are the secret fantasy of every fundraiser. These large, unexpected gifts can take a capital campaign “over the top.” In other instances they are the saving grace for a struggling annual fund. But they can’t be counted on, and you don’t know if they will materialize. So, what are they – a blessing or a curse?

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FUNdraising Good Times: Wearing Many Hats is Not Bad

  Column, Mel and Pearl Shaw “We wear a lot of hats around here.” This is a common refrain at many small and medium-sized nonprofits. It’s even true amongst larger nonprofits that are under-resourced. “We wear a lot of hats around here.” This is a common refrain at many small and medium-sized nonprofits. It’s even […]

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Making the Needle Move: The Birth of the UNCF Telethon

During its heyday (1980 – 1993), the United Negro College Fund’s Lou Rawls Parade of Stars was the largest African American special event in the United States held on one day. It forever changed African American philanthropy and how African Americans are perceived as donors, volunteers and fundraising leaders.

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Fundraising Good Times: Ingredients of a Quality Meeting

We recently received a request from a reader wanting to know how to get the most impact from meetings with her supervisor. “Each week, I am given full responsibility for what is discussed. It is the one opportunity where I have my supervisor’s undivided attention and think I should be more strategic in our discussion.”

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FUNdraising Good Times: Building Consensus and Reaching Agreement

Column, Mel and Pearl Shaw This is the second in a series focused on the prerequisites for fundraising success. Agreement is the cornerstone upon which a healthy nonprofit is built. Without agreement amongst an organization’s leadership it is almost impossible to sustain successful fundraising. You may be in a situation where there was agreement in […]

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