PicoFeed The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/ 2018-02-19T16:59:44-05:00 The Chronicle of Philanthropy How to Run a Fundraising Campaign for Valentine’s Day and Other ‘Hallmark’ Holidays https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Run-a-Fundraising/242541 2018-02-14T09:00:00-05:00 To make the most of quieter fundraising periods, celebrate minor holidays. Here’s what some creative charities are doing. By Timothy Sandoval Giving in 2018 Could Grow 4%, Research Finds — but Tax Law Could Change That https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Giving-in-2018-Could-Grow-4-/242533 2018-02-13T10:00:00-05:00 If the economy stays strong, so will giving, but nobody knows how new levies will affect philanthropic donations, according to a new report. By Heather Joslyn How Fundraisers Can Help Donors Deal With Wall Street’s Wild Ride https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Fundraisers-Can-Help/242531 2018-02-13T09:00:00-05:00 A healthy ‘correction’ or the start of the next economic downturn? While we wait to see what February’s stock-market volatility means, experts offer advice for quelling jitters. By Heather Joslyn 8 in 10 Colleges Are Running Capital Drives — or About to Start One https://www.philanthropy.com/article/8-in-10-Colleges-Are-Running/242529 2018-02-13T08:00:00-05:00 Fundraisers who drive higher-education’s perpetual search for big gifts want more training, more emphasis on finding younger donors, and campaigns that last no more than five years, says a new report. By Heather Joslyn Allison Fine Answers Readers’ Questions on Careers, Management, Leadership, and More https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Allison-Fine-Answers/242455 2018-02-08T09:00:00-05:00 Get advice on how not to lose ground in your career while you raise your kids, what to do when your boss isn't listening to you, how to figure out when it's time to seek a leadership job, and much more. 6 Ways to Attract and Nurture Self-Made Donors https://www.philanthropy.com/article/6-Ways-to-AttractNurture/242459 2018-02-07T09:00:00-05:00 When seeking gifts from newly wealthy donors, educate them, encourage networking, start small, and pay attention to women and kids. By Megan O’Neil How to Land Big Unrestricted Gifts https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Land-Big-Unrestricted/242456 2018-02-07T09:00:00-05:00 Donors made at least 15 contributions of $1 million or more last year — no strings attached. By Alex Daniels Donations to Colleges Up 6% in 2017 https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Donations-to-Colleges-Up-6-in/242441 2018-02-06T00:01:00-05:00 Contributions to higher-education institutions topped $43.6 billion, the highest total ever counted by the annual Voluntary Support of Education report. By Heather Joslyn New Site Seeks to Make It Easier for Giving Circles to Bloom https://www.philanthropy.com/article/New-Site-Seeks-to-Make-It/242442 2018-02-05T16:00:00-05:00 Global Impact won money from the Gates Foundation to work on ways to help like-minded small donors pool their resources to support favorite causes. By Heather Joslyn ‘Overhead’ Spending Has Little Impact on Giving, Study Suggests https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Overhead-Spending-Has/242434 2018-02-05T09:00:00-05:00 Donors think charities spend too much on salaries and other administrative costs but still support organizations that do so, according to a new survey. By Heather Joslyn Overview: A Communications Plan That Promises Less Work but More Supporters https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Overview-A-Communications/242404 2018-02-01T09:00:00-05:00 A dedicated millennial volunteer and public-relations professional created a model for a nonprofit. By Drew Lindsay Wealthy Women Donors Willing to Take Big Risks, Report Says https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Wealthy-Women-Donors-Willing/242399 2018-01-31T14:43:00-05:00 Interviews by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute with 23 high-net-worth supporters of female-focused causes show the strategic thinking that helps donors decide where to give. By Heather Joslyn Half of U.S. Charities Are on Financial Brink https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Half-of-US-Charities-Are-on/242391 2018-01-31T09:00:00-05:00 About 8 percent of nonprofits are insolvent, and it would take up to $50 billion to fill their budget gaps, according to new analysis of informational tax-return data. By Heather Joslyn What It Takes to Create Lucrative Cash-Register Campaigns https://www.philanthropy.com/article/What-It-Takes-to-Create/242380 2018-01-30T09:00:00-05:00 Lessons from charities that raise $1 million or more through partnerships with retailers. By Debra E. Blum How Foundations Can Avoid Common Pitfalls and Collaborate https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Foundations-Can-Avoid/242334 2018-01-25T09:46:00-05:00 Cultural differences between grant makers and a lack of senior-staff involvement are just two of several possible roadblocks to success. By Stephen Isaacs and Paul Jellinek What You Should — and Shouldn't — Do When Meeting With a Donor https://www.philanthropy.com/article/What-You-Should-and/242309 2018-01-23T09:00:00-05:00 A philanthropist talks about her experience with nonprofit officials who were unprepared, arrived late, or kept “yawning like a lion” — and others who made an excellent first impression.  By Isa Catto How to Build a Strong Nonprofit Identity https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/how-to-build-a-strong-nonprofi/161 2018-01-18T00:00:00-05:00 Read about steps to take before and after you rebrand your nonprofit and more — including what to do if your board gets in the way of your plans. ‘Trump Bump’ Still Lifts Donations at Many Charities https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Trump-Bump-Still-Lifts/242253 2018-01-17T10:00:00-05:00 It isn't only the ACLU that's doing well. Nonprofits of all kinds are using an array of strategies to keep donors motivated, such as encouraging monthly gifts and showing donors their contributions are making a difference. By Heather Joslyn How One Group Got Community Input to Create a Successful Ad Campaign https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/how-one-group-got-community-in/6512/ 2018-01-16T14:54:00-05:00 The organization gathered nonprofits and community, faith, and business leaders and used focus groups with students and young people in the community. For Your Next Capital Campaign: ‘Don’t Be Boring’ https://www.philanthropy.com/article/For-Your-Next-Capital/242245 2018-01-16T11:00:00-05:00 As he leads a $180 million drive for 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday maestro Henry Timms finds tried-and-true rules don’t always apply. Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign? Steps to Take Before Deciding https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Are-You-Ready-for-a-Capital/242203 2018-01-10T14:57:00-05:00 Use anecdotal information and data to determine if your nonprofit is prepared    By Martha Keates Don't Underestimate the Value of a Loyal Donor https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/dont-underestimate-the-value/6507/ 2018-01-09T13:09:00-05:00 In this interview from our September Philanthropy NEXT conference, Lynne Wester, a donor-relations consultant, advises nonprofits to value repeat donors, not just one-time big givers. 5 Ways to Get the Attention of the Media https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Ways-to-Get-the-Attention-of/242190 2018-01-09T10:00:00-05:00 Highlight newsworthy facts and events, target the right reporters and editors, be timely, and consider skipping a news release all together.  By Jennifer R. Farmer Top Advice for Nonprofit Managers and Leaders in the Year Ahead https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Top-Advice-for-Nonprofit/242148 2018-01-04T10:08:00-05:00 What you need to know about leading in stressful times, overcoming bias, protecting your staff from sexual harassment, and more. Video: How to Draw In a More Diverse Group of Donors https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/video/video-how-to-draw-in-a-more-d/6501/ 2018-01-04T10:05:00-05:00 Isaac Thweatt, executive director of Individual Giving at Columbia Business School, talks about how to appeal to donors who don't usually give to your mission. Our Best Guidance for Managing Your Nonprofit Career https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Our-Best-Guidance-for-Managing/242135 2018-01-02T06:00:00-05:00 Asking for raises, dealing with impossible managers, meeting with recruiters, or just carving out a little "me time": a look back at The Chronicle’s best advice of 2017 for your professional life. 5 Fundraising Skills to Give Your Charity an Edge in 2018 https://www.philanthropy.com/article/5-Fundraising-Skills-to-Give/242121 2017-12-28T00:00:00-05:00 These Chronicle articles explain how to get your CEO to help with fundraising, how to use social media more effectively, and other things every savvy nonprofit official needs to know. The Most Popular Resources from The Chronicle in 2017 https://www.philanthropy.com/article/The-Most-Popular-Resources/242122 2017-12-27T17:00:00-05:00 Every week we publish new resources that help you do your job better and more efficiently. Here’s a list of the resources that drew the most clicks from our readers during the past year. The Most Popular Stories of the Year in The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://www.philanthropy.com/article/The-Most-Popular-Stories-of/242115 2017-12-27T00:00:00-05:00 We mined our data to compile the stories that readers clicked on the most this year, on topics including how to raise money from deep-pocketed donors, how to work smarter, and how to deal with a dysfunctional manager. How They Did It: 10 Stories of Runaway Growth in Giving https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-They-Did-It-10-Stories-of/242112 2017-12-26T00:00:00-05:00 These organizations defied the ho-hum fundraising returns of recent years to post remarkable results. By Drew Lindsay Donors Gave $300 Million Through Network for Good in 2017 https://www.philanthropy.com/interactives/online-giving-dashboard 2017-12-20T00:00:00-05:00 About 15 million donors made 2.6 million contributions through the fundraising site last year. By Ben Myers, Eden Stiffman, and Ariana Giorgi How Highly Rated Program Officers Earn Grantees’ Approval https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Highly-Rated-Program/242078 2017-12-18T11:00:00-05:00 They recognize that nonprofits are the experts in their subject areas and choose their words carefully so they don’t sound like they’re issuing mandates. By Megan O’Neil Digital Appeals Are on the Rise, but Nonprofits Still Rely on Mail at Year’s End https://www.philanthropy.com/article/Digital-Appeals-Are-on-the/242059 2017-12-15T09:20:00-05:00 Personalizing letters, using matching-gift promotions, and integrating print and online appeals are keys for holiday-season fundraising, experts say. By Timothy Sandoval How Nonprofits Can Survive Setbacks https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-Nonprofits-Can-Survive/242054 2017-12-14T10:31:00-05:00 An advice column in which Allison Fine answers your questions about nonprofit careers and leadership. By Allison Fine Understanding and Tapping Into Donor-Advised Funds https://www.philanthropy.com/resources/toolkit/understanding-and-tapping-into/138 2017-12-13T00:00:00-05:00 These philanthropic accounts have become the preferred giving vehicle for many donors. Use this collection of articles and other resources to learn how charities can connect with fund holders.