The most important US Presidential campaign in our history is fast approaching and campaigns are going to require an army of volunteers to get out the vote. As a volunteer, I’m concerned! Covid-19 has upended political campaigns, and it’s going to have a big impact on the volunteer experience. Candidates, right now your volunteer force [...]
The Sierra Club’s unique approach to helping pandemic fighting frontline organizations. Give them direct access to the Club’s donors.
It’s rather unprecedented for nonprofits to share their donors with other organizations but the Sierra Club broke all the norms by asking its members to give directly to frontline organizations two weeks into the pandemic. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ INSIGHT:Their approach is unique. Rather than making direct contributions to these organizations, they instead gave them access to the [...]
January 2020 is the time to act! Giving trends for 2019 will be out soon. If the trend is anything like last year the trends are very troubling. Non profits who pay attention and act will counteract the headwinds. Here are the facts: Giving was up in 2018 over 2017, but only due to large [...]
Please be my guest …… The Jeffersonian Dinner is a perfect way for non-profit organizations to build constituencies of support. Part I of II Can you imagine an engaged group of dinner guests like the men and women pictured above discussing your non-profit’s cause? Over the years we have incorporated “Jeffersonian Dinners” into our development/advancement strategies [...]
Pop the questions The Jeffersonian Dinner is a perfect way for non-profit organizations to build constituencies of support. Part II of II My first foray into Jeffersonian Dinners some 16 years ago resulted in the rebuilding of a university board. Today, several of the guests from those dinners joined the board and have served in [...]
Major Gifts make up as much as 80 percent of a typical nonprofit organization’s charitable income in a year – and come from 20 percent or less of donors. Yet only one third of study participants use a consistent strategy to identify major gift prospects. This first-ever “Major Gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study” provides data [...]
At K2 Consulting Group, we recommend our clients use all of the tools outlined in the “2017 Major gifts Fundraising Benchmark Study” to increase their major gifts. (Click here to refer to study) As the study reveals, major donors are identified through two methods: Technology-based methods and human intelligence methods. I should add that before we [...]
Part I of III – Why is There So Much Turnover Among Development Officers – and What Can be Done About It?
Is your organization’s lead fundraising position a revolving door? You’re not alone. Our field is marked by some of the highest turnover of any profession. That’s true for organizations of every size and sector. A few facts: Good fundraisers are ambitious, outgoing people; they naturally attract new opportunities. There is always a high market demand [...]
Why is There So Much Turnover Among Development Officers – and What Can You Do About It? PART II of III: How can you discern if this is the right position for you? “Fit” is as much the candidate’s responsibility as it is the recruiter’s or hiring manager’s. A position may sound prestigious, or interesting, [...]
Part III of III- What I look for when hiring development professionals – Six Practices that Ensure the Right Fit
PART III of III - What I look for when hiring development professionals - Six Practices that Ensure the Right Fit In my early 30’s I was recruited to become V.P. of Advancement for a large, multi-site $85 million association. I took on a much-expanded portfolio, in an unfamiliar city, serving an organization in major [...]