Article
March 01, 2015

A Nonprofit New to Galas Finds Its Way—With Help From Man’s Best Friend

The Morris Animal Foundation has seen its dog-friendly event in Knoxville, Tenn., more than double in size in four years.

Checklist
February 28, 2015

5 Things to Do Before Your First Meeting With a Major-Gift Prospect

A checklist of how to prepare for that important first appointment.

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February 28, 2015

A Model Gift Acceptance Policy from the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning

How to spell out the types of gifts your organization accepts and how they’re managed.

Article
February 28, 2015

How a Colorful Direct-Mail Appeal Paid Off for One Nonprofit—in June

During the summer giving slowdown, the American Farmland Trust got its highest response rate of the year with a big, bold mailing.

Article
February 27, 2015

The Basics of Meeting with Big Donors

Veteran fundraisers and consultants offer their advice on what to do, when, and where.

Article
February 27, 2015

A “Non-Gala” Direct Mailing Gets a Big Response From Mid-Level Donors

The mailing, which featured paper dolls, had a response rate of more than 13 percent.

Article
February 27, 2015

After Newsletter Revamp, Irish Charity Sees Boost in Retention

Increasing the frequency of communications with donors—and giving them more information about programs—leads to a large payoff.

Article
February 27, 2015

Personalized Letter Helps Fraternity Keep High-Level Donors

Special invitations to join a giving society yield results for an academic group.

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February 27, 2015

A Template to Help Charities Develop Gift Agreements

The Partnership for Philanthropic Planning offers a model of what to include in a legal agreement for an endowment gift.

Article
February 27, 2015

Advice: Why You Should Never Rush a Donor

A major-gift fundraiser shares two lessons he learned about asking for a donation too soon.