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Giving USA 2018

Americans gave $410.02 billion to charity in 2017, crossing the $400 billion mark for the first time.

Two Major Gift Options You Should Not Ignore

Veteran fundraiser Jay Love writes in Bloomerang a simple but powerful article with a reminder about the two major gift types with the “largest potential” that he says are “rarely discussed.” 

Messaging Strategies that Work for Your NonProfit

A recent article in NonProfitPRO by Leeann Alameda reminds us that never in history have there been so many charities—and all of them vying for attention—and donations. 

The Power of the Pen

A recent post in Bloomerang Blog by Brian Grissom ponders the very digital state of our world (e-cards, e-thank you’s, e-checks, e-meetings) and reminds the reader how such a state of affairs make real correspondence in one’s mailbox even more precious than before!   

How to Genuinely Connect with Your Major Donors

A recent article by Andra Kihlstedt in nonprofitpro acknowledges the sometimes an awkward relationship that can exist between a fundraising professional and a major donor, due to the differences in wealth and the different social circles each of you travel in.  

Cryptocurrency Enters the World of Philanthropy

A recent article in nonprofitquarterly gives an update on the predicted use of “Cryptocurrency”. 

Reasons You Might NOT Be Bringing In Major Gifts

A recent article in Guidestar: Blog recounts some familiar roadblocks that often get thrown up and tend to keep money from flowing into the organization.

Philanthropy In The Post-Tax Overhaul World

A recent article in Financial Advisor, speaks to some predictions on the fallout of the recent Tax Overhaul. 

10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Written Content

A recent article in Guidestar Blog has a list of 10 important ways to improve your nonprofit blog content. These 10 essential elements can help you maximize your opportunity to both inform them about your cause and encourage them to donate.

Rethinking Philanthropy in a Changing World

A recent article by Tim Ebner in Associations Now explores the idea that as the world changes, so do the elements that encourage a donor to give. The author suggests that these trends are leading to a “philanthropy rethink.” 

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