Article
February 01, 2017

Dean’s Videos Help College Fundraisers Land Big Gifts Faster

Gift officers at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering use personalized messages to get the dean involved earlier in the cultivation process.

Article
January 31, 2017

How One Nonprofit Formed a Planned-Giving Council and How You Can, Too

An advisory group can help manage bequests and planned gifts — and potentially build ties to wealthy prospective donors.

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January 30, 2017

How Students Can Prepare for a Nonprofit Career

In her latest advice column, nonprofit expert Allison Fine answers a reader's question about students who want to go right from college into work that benefits others. In a quandary about your career? Need tips on leadership? Ask Allison.

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January 26, 2017

Big Charitable Gifts: Where Donors Have Given $1 Million or More 

Search our free database of charitable gifts of $1 million or more from individuals. You can sort by cause and by donation size to learn about contributions nonprofits or donors have announced publicly. This database is updated regularly to include new items.

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January 26, 2017

How One Group Created a Statement on Diversity and Equity

Americans for the Arts used a model document that spoke with authority without being rigid: the U.S. Constitution.

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January 25, 2017

A Tool for Measuring Fundraising Efficiency

Evaluate your fundraising health by monitoring expenses, dependency on top donors, and what it costs you to raise a dollar.

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January 24, 2017

Answers to Your Questions About State Fundraising Rules

A lawyer who represents charities answers some frequently asked questions about fundraising registration and complying with regulations.

Article
January 19, 2017

5 Ways College Fundraisers Can Help Academics Attract Big Gifts

Development offices can help deans and professors overcome their aversion to raising money by taking it a step at a time, starting with understanding the academic mind-set.

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January 18, 2017

Audio: How Colorado State Fundraisers Make Phone-athons Work

Listen to a mock fundraising call, and see guidelines and survey questions, for tips on how Colorado State University has boosted graduates’ giving by phone.

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January 12, 2017

How to Pitch Your Nonprofit to the Media

Research, careful wording, and flexible timing can help you get a reporter’s attention.