Category Archives: Fundraiser

Ford Foundation Pledges $1 Billion to Impact Investing

Ford Foundation Pledges $1 Billion to Impact Investing

Recently, the Ford Foundation announced that it would invest $1 billion from its endowment to fight poverty and injustice in a unique way. This money, which comes from an endowment valued at $12 billion, is earmarked for mission-related investments and will be made through private funds focused on affordable housing in the United States as… Continue Reading

A Look at the Life and Philanthropy of David Rockefeller

A Look at the Life and Philanthropy of David Rockefeller

In late March, celebrated businessman and philanthropist David Rockefeller died at the age of 101. David was the last living grandson of John D. Rockefeller, one of the forefathers of philanthropy in the United States. In many ways, David carried on the legacy of his grandfather and his family name. He lived a life devoted… Continue Reading

9 Apps that Can Help People Get Philanthropically Engaged Today

9 Apps that Can Help People Get Philanthropically Engaged Today

Modern technology is redefining the ways in which we give. From wearable devices that enable charitable giving to one-click donations, it is easier than ever to get involved with philanthropy. Today, there are a number of excellent apps that help people support their favorite causes. People who want an easy, fun way to make a… Continue Reading

3 Steps for Choosing the Right Charity to Support

3 Steps for Choosing the Right Charity to Support

Supporting charities has become easier than ever with more than a dozen ways to make donations directly from your smartphone. Unfortunately, the question of which charity is worthiest of your money has not become any easier. Today, we are seemingly constantly being asked for money from various organizations through advertisements, emails, phone calls, and more.… Continue Reading

How to Find the Right Fundraising Software

How to Find the Right Fundraising Software

Automation, especially in the form of fundraising software, has significantly impacted the way nonprofits operate. Much like the transactional tools of any business, the assorted programs available to charities efficiently enable donors to contribute and then receive a receipt soon thereafter. If this is the extent of a particular software’s capabilities, however, it may be… Continue Reading

7 Ways to Harness Prospect Research for Your Organization

7 Ways to Harness Prospect Research for Your Organization

Fundraising campaigns can take forms that are as unique as the causes they are designed to benefit. Regardless of the approach to soliciting contributions, one common, underpinning element that can strengthen the efficacy of any donation program is prospect research. Prospect research means familiarizing yourself with your donor base in order to identify potential major… Continue Reading

5 Easy Ways to Prepare for Year-End Giving

5 Easy Ways to Prepare for Year-End Giving

In the United States, most, if not all, nonprofit organizations market for and depend upon year-end giving. The statistics behind this trend are quite compelling. For example, roughly 69 percent of donations take place between January and November, and nearly a third of that number occurs in December alone. What’s more, 12 percent of annual… Continue Reading

Some of the Greatest Influences in the History of Philanthropy

Some of the Greatest Influences in the History of Philanthropy

Wealth and charity have existed in tandem for millennia. Ancient civilizations in Greece, China, and sub-Saharan Africa advocated for benevolence as a means of improving the human experience. The modern model of philanthropy embraces this belief, which emerged from secular and religious traditions alike across both time and space. Some differences, however, contribute to the… Continue Reading

4 Ideas from the Symphony on How to Hold a Gala

4 Ideas from the Symphony on How to Hold a Gala

Symphonies throughout the United States range in their levels of talent and publicity, differ in their repertoires, and perform in concert halls as unique as their conductors. However, one common thread that joins these orchestral institutions is the longstanding tradition of opening night galas. Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic hold an opening night… Continue Reading