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I received a kind email from Erik Anderson, of the Donor Dreams Blog , suggesting I take on the subject of The Future of Philanthropy for this month's nonprofit blog carnival. Fulton begins her exploration with the establishment of the modern foundation form in the U.S.

Reader Questions: Snow White and the 7 Faces of Philanthropy

Wild Woman Fundraising

On 08/24/2012 09:01 PM, Queen B wrote: I would love more information on raising money through events (NOT auctions), planned giving, and I have not even the foggiest notion what the seven faces of philanthropy are. Here are the 7 faces of philanthropy: Dopey?

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Thoughts On National Philanthropy Day

The Agitator

Around the globe today, more than 100 communities and 50,000 people will have participated in events and celebrations marking National Philanthropy Day. As we mark this year’s Philanthropy Day, two occurrences strike me as significant and deserving of special attention by our fellow.

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A response to “Bad Nonprofit Consultants” from Inside Philanthropy

Wild Woman Fundraising

Todd Cohen, editor of the Philanthropy Journal, wrote a blog post on how bad nonprofit consultants can be. One consultant alone cannot overcome the fact that no one on the board has ties to a foundation.

[Guest Post] Quitting the Culture Club – Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy

Fundraising Coach

In the midst of our conversation, Dan said he didn''t let his team use the term "a culture of philanthropy." Francis Foundation based in Springfield, Illinois and an officer on the Board of Directors for NCDC (the National Catholic Development Conference).

Fast Ways to Find Funding Sources

Get Fully Funded is a similar resource, but offers information about grants from private foundations, public foundations, and corporations throughout the United States. Although there are many ways to search for funding sources, the Foundation Center and will give you access to a majority of the grant opportunities in the United States that could potentially fund your project. To search for foundation and private grant opportunities, follow these 3 steps.

#PHILANTHROPY: #Sundance & A3 Foundation Extend Cooperation for Asian-American Artists

Non Profit Marketing 360

Shot from a film sponsored by the A3 Foundation. According to their own site, “The A3 Fellows Program is the inaugural program for the foundation placing emerging artists with seasoned artists to learn and grow.

Cause Marketing or Corporate Philanthropy Program? It’s Not a Yes or No Question.

Cause Related Marketing

The question was prompted by a press release I saw recently announcing a new cause marketing effort from Godiva, the high-end chocolatier owned by the Turkish company Yildiz Holding, and headlined ‘Godiva Launches Philanthropy Program.’ Now Godiva almost certainly didn’t write the headline for the release I saw, but a quick reading made it clear that what Godiva was announcing was more a cause marketing than a corporate philanthropy effort.

Next Generation of Philanthropy: Jolkona Foundation

A Small Change

Yesterday your read about the motivation behind Jolkona Foundation and a little bit more about some what they are trying to accomplish with the ability to measure the impact of each donation. What is an example of the kind of partnerships you create with the Jolkona Foundation? For every gift that organization receives through Jolkona Foundation, they will send before-and-after photos of the person receiving that specific gift.

Mysterious Power of a Fresh Approach (Case Study)

Getting Attention

Betsey, who has written for foundations for more than 20 years, has parlayed that experience into a must-read tale set in the heart of the foundation world. While fiction isn’t something we usually read in conjunction with philanthropy (or the nonprofit world), Betsey’s note provoked the question: Can fiction about foundations (or nonprofits) make readers think about them differently? Nancy: Your thriller is so far from what we usually read about philanthropy.



Thanks to Giving USA and Third Sector’s Gross Domestic Philanthropy report , we now know that the United States continues to be the most charitable nation on the planet. America’s individuals, estates, foundations, and corporations gave $373.3

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What makes a great Gift Officer great? 4 traits


Related Posts. >> The Six Secrets to Becoming an Extraordinary Major Gift Officer. >> Build Relationships: The Foundation of Fundraising. Great Gift Officers have common traits. Here they are: Genuine curiosity. They ask donors questions and they truly care about the answers.

Should you target market financial advisors in order to get more legacy gifts?


If you work for a Community Foundation, I’d say almost 90% of your marketing should support your efforts to meet and build relationships with local estate planning professionals. It depends. I find myself saying, “It depends” quite a lot these days. But, seriously, the decision to target market to financial advisors depends on the nonprofit that employs you.

Is your nonprofit a “safe bet”? Let’s Get Dangerous!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Like foundations want to be investment bankers and get the greatest yield for their dollar amounts. Phil Cubeta, over at GiftHub, writes : “Albert, a community foundation leader orginally trained in philosophy asks such questions (on his blog under his own name, even).

The Foundation Center Now Provides Free Website That Teaches How To Do Grant Writing

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The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched an online learning community for the social sector. The Foundation Center, which maintains offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, has long been known as the premier resource for fundraisers and others seeking grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

5 things you should do when you get a big bequest (to ensure that your marketing budget increases!)


Now she’s at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — A wonderful organization! My pal ( Tricia Benson ) used to work at Human Rights Campaign.

How Inefficient Charities Can Spoil Your Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

What gave me the double-take was that National Breast Cancer Research Center sounds so much like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the New York nonprofit which took in $30.2 What's The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to do?

Wrap-Up: AFP Mass Conference on Philanthropy

Selfish Giving

I talked about Massage Envy & The Arthritis Foundation and how to choose a cause for cause marketing. Thanks to everyone who came out to my presentation today! It was fun. Here’s a copy of my presentation.

Jolkona Foundation: Measuring Impact

A Small Change

Jolkona Foundation has some great ideas about how to measure donor impact. What inspired you to start the Jolkona Foundation? One to one” refers to the fact that all donations via the Jolkona Foundation website make a specific impact with which the individual donor can identify.

Why everyone talks about segmenting emails but hardly anyone ever does it


You’ll read about it in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Donors who have a family foundation or a donor-advised fund. They’ll talk about it at conferences. Online discussion groups will say it’s the key to marketing success!

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Giving USA 2013: GoodNews … And Bad

The Agitator

Giving USA 2013 , the annual report on philanthropy, published by the Giving USA foundation and researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, was released yesterday. adjusted for inflation) — over 2011’s giving in terms of individual gifts and gifts from corporations and foundations. You’ll want to catch Steve’s npVOICES interview held yesterday with Gregg Carlson, chair of the Giving USA Foundation. Foundations.

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#PHILANTHROPY: Zuckerberg’s Millions Suggest New Style Of Giving By Young

Non Profit Marketing 360

Last fall he gave a stunning $500 million to the Silicon Valley Foundation. And in general, the world of philanthropy has started to skew younger. Stars of ‘Nerd Philanthropy’ Dominate Top 50 Givers. Mark gives big again.

#GRANT: Dell Computers & Dell Foundation Offer Resources For Youth & Environment

Non Profit Marketing 360

Michael and Susan Dell established their foundation in 1999 in an effort to present their booming company as a corporate citizen. The efforts of the foundation are to multiply the work of Dell’s individual employees: Being a good corporate citizen is more than just writing a check to a nonprofit and checking ‘complete’ next to your external branding strategy. In all these cases, the foundation clearly wants to support the youth in the US and abroad.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For Grants From The Gates Foundation

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing series on helping our readers find sources of grants and apply for them, we turn to the Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. In the public imagination, the good work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goes a long way to erase all those terrible memories of Windows Millennium, Service Pack Y (incompatible with Service Pack X), and Blue Screens of Death.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For Grants From The Gates Foundation

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing series on helping our readers find sources of grants and apply for them, we turn to the Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. In the public imagination, the good work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goes a long way to erase all those terrible memories of Windows Millennium, Service Pack Y (incompatible with Service Pack X), and Blue Screens of Death.

#GRANTS: The Lawrence Foundation Can Help Your Environmental Or Health Program

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing periodic series on sources for grants, we have focused on foundations tied to the great tech companies of our day. In this installment we present a foundation not obviously linked to that sector of the economy, though in fact it is intimately entwined. Over the last decade-plus, the foundation has offered over $3 million to projects concerning education, health, the environment, and disaster relief (local and international).

Are you a foundation looking for nonprofits to fund? Consider this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you work at a foundation or sit on the board for a foundation, I highly encourage you to pick this up. Below, I share some of his ideas, and how these might be relevant to the funding model that many foundations seem to use.). Hey Foundations!

#GRANTS: Verizon Foundation Offers Support For Environmental & Educational Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

But did you know the Verizon Foundation also supports such nonprofits and charities with grants in money, kind, and service? The Foundation focuses on issues pertaining to K-through-12 education, health care, and sustainability/environmentalism, so if your organization is involved in any of these fields, you should reach out and touch them (Er, wrong service. They stress the fact that the foundation will not support land or major hardware/software purchases.

The number one reason why you aren’t getting your share of dollars from donor advised funds


Community Foundation DAF’s average $420,155 and DAF’s at National Charities average $230,375. Fundraising Major Giving Planned Giving donor advised funds donor advised funds rules donor advised funds strategy philanthropy blog posts philanthropy stats

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New York Times Takes Google To Task for Taking Philanthropy Lightly, Despite Many Attempts to Get It Right

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In The New York Times ' January 29, 2011 Business Day feature, Google Finds It Hard To Reinvent Philanthropy , Stephanie Strom and Miguel Helft reflect on Google's charitable arm's giving, since 2004 when one of Google's founders, Larry Page, described what that charitable arm, called , now just DotOrg , upon its launch, would do. For years it has befuddled many of us professionals working in philanthropy.

#PHILANTHROPY: Evidence Of ‘Emerging Charitable Markets’ & How To Tap Into Them

Non Profit Marketing 360

An article on yesterday’s E-Jewish Philanthropy caught our eye because the authors did a really interesting bit of research into the top givers in US in this calendar year.

Embedded Philanthropy: A New Age of Giving

A Small Change

Philanthropy has become more than gifts to charity and is now a form of self expression. This can be best seen as businesses have started to use philanthropy to sell their products and improve their world. We are at the beginning of a new age of giving and embedded philanthropy is one of the first signs. I get more excited when I see a business that is willing to tackle a problem than one is using philanthropy as a tool to increase sales.

#Philanthropy: As Steve Jobs The CEO Retires, Will Steve Jobs The Philanthropist Step Forward?

Non Profit Marketing 360

They all founded foundations and gave away scads of money in their later years. or any foundation he has attached himself to. In other words, Apple and Jobs seem not to be indifferent to corporate philanthropy, they appear hostile toward it. Keep your hands off of my stack.

Kid Philanthropy

The Agitator

Now his Little Red Wagon Foundation has generated 27 trailer trucks of aid, received a $25,000 check from Elton John, and is the focus of a $5 million film. Tags: Don't Miss these Posts charities fundraising nonprofit management philanthropy Here’s a great story from the Washington Post about young people — ages like 11, 12, and 13 — and their fundraising activities. Zach Bonner set out to help homeless kids in his area of Florida.

Disaster Fundraising: Hurricane Sandy The Perfect Storm

The Agitator

Chronicle of Philanthropy. The CDP works mainly with institutional donors — private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations and high net worth individuals.

The 80-20 Rule is dead!


Whether or not they have a donor-advised fund or family foundation. Fundraising Lead Generation strategy 80 20 rule examples 80 20 rule relationships 80/20 principle pdf 80/20 rule 80/20 rule book 80/20 rule marketing 80/20 rule time management best practices for fundraising charity blog donor cultivation fundraising tips major gift fundraising Philanthropy Planned Giving Strategy76/10, not 80/20!

#Philanthropy: Livestrong Bucked Economy & ROI Expectations Via SM

Non Profit Marketing 360

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Big Mac® Fundraising

The Agitator

The Big Mac® Philanthropy Index will officially launch On April 8 th. Before the arrival of this new sesame-seeded metric, comparative giving around the globe was measured by The World Giving Index published annually by the UK’s Charities Aid Foundation.

Foundations: Innovation, Really?

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Among interviewees and participant advisors to the project that resulted in the report Caring to Change , many see foundations as embodying double standards for innovation and risk. With all the trendy and appealing chatter about “innovation” and game-changing, scalable solutions (see White House, see new journals, see social venture philanthropy), I’m wondering if mainstream and family foundations are enough a part of the conversation.

Making Your Case for Support for the Arts

Wild Woman Fundraising

When I worked for the Austin Civic Orchestra in Texas, I had to write proposals to get grants from all different kinds of grantmakers, including the county, the arts venues themselves, and private foundations. I’m back! Guess where I was? An encaustic art conference in Cape Cod!

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