fundraising Archive

16 Jul 2015

Should You Sign an Enforceable Gift Pledge?

Charities love them.  Donors, not so much.  The enforceable pledge is a double-edged sword, with advantages and disadvantages to charity and donor alike. As a generous donor who is bound to be solicited for a major gift
9 Jul 2015

In Defense of a $400 Million Gift – A Fundraiser’s Perspective

When Harvard announced that billionaire John Paulson had made a $400 million gift to name the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, you would think that the philanthropic community would applaud such a mega-gift.
2 Jun 2015

Fallout from the Cancer Charities Fraud: How to Protect Yourself as a Donor

The non-profit world was reeling recently in the wake of the announcement by the Federal Trade Commission that they, along with all 50 states and the District of Columbia, had filed a complaint against four cancer charities,
30 Dec 2014

Top Top Three Philanthropy Stories of 2014

With 2014 at an end, it’s time to look back at the top stories in philanthropy for the year.
29 Aug 2014

Board Members: Here Are the Three Most Important Words You Need to Know When Asking for a Gift

Asking for gifts drives fear into the heart of many non-profit Board members. 
23 Aug 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge: A Former ALS Association Staffer Reflects on the Disease and the Organization

I first met someone living with ALS at the end of my first week on the job with The ALS Association in 2001. 
16 Aug 2014

Challenge Accepted!

Yep – I did it.
12 Aug 2014

Ice + Water + Internet = Awareness, Donations, and a Viral Sensation

Sometimes the Internet gets it right – like in the case of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
7 Jun 2014

Have a Drink, Spread the Wealth: Raise a Glass for Charity

Here’s a unique approach to fundraising: have a cocktail to support charity.
24 May 2014

Want to Be in the New Star Wars Movie While Supporting a Great Cause?

Star Wars fans, unite!