It’s time to plan year-end appeals. Contact us if you need some ideas or information.
Congratulations to Janel Ware of Shenandoah Valley Academy! She received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at a recent course taught in DC! It was also a pleasure to have Miriam Battles from Oakwood University in the group! Also pictured is Dr. Gene Tempel, founding dean of the School.
Also congratulations to the Advancement office of Walla Walla University, led by Jodi Wagner. They received recognition for overall performance by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This is a stellar achievement and we’re pleased to know one of our ranks was honored. See the list here.
A really important item of information for anyone who is doing fundraising appeared in a recent Chronicle of Philanthropy Daily Update, Oct. 26, 2017, “The Best Research Available for Fundraisers: A Roundup.” We base our services on both best practices and research on what works, and many of you will be interested, I’m sure, in seeing the sources of the research. If you don’t get the Chronicle, write me and I’ll send you the article.
A yearly highlight for PSI is the President’s Dinner, and it was held in the new NAD building this year, during year-end meetings (see photos on Events page on our website). Our sincere thanks to Dr. Amir Pasic, current dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, who gave an excellent keynote address. We appreciate those who attended this special event and have shown interest and support of PSI’s work for NAD constituents.
Coming soon!! Charlotte Henderson is working on a comprehensive mentoring program and it will soon be available! We want to use this “tool” to help new fundraisers, strengthen those who are already in practice, and recruit new individuals to our great profession. We also have information on careers in fundraising—contact me or any PSI staff member if you wish to have information, and be sure to download Your Future in Fundraising, available on our website, or purchase this at low-cost from AdventSource.org. We always welcome new individuals to this great profession.
Don’t forget that besides personal counsel that PSI provides, we have many resources such as a library and we do grant searches for you.
Until next time! We try to bring you news every two weeks. Apologies that this is late due to my computer locking me out (thanks, Windows 10!) while traveling.
In the library
Nonprofit Excellence in Fundraising
Built upon the success of the best-selling “Nonprofit Management 101,” this easy to digest book provides practical, comprehensive guidance for nonprofit fundraising around the globe. With tips and tools, expert advice, and real-world insights from almost fifty industry leaders, this robust resource addresses the entire spectrum of fundraising for nonprofits, including: Planning, hiring, and tracking progress Individual donors, major gifts, events, and direct mail Board and volunteer engagement Foundation and government grants Corporate partnerships Online and email fundraising.
Advice from the Expert
What works in fundraising?
By Melissa S. Brown
Fundraising professionals want to know: is direct mail still a reliable way to raise funds? What share of all giving comes in on-line? Do our peer institutions use SMS/Text messaging? These and other topics are covered by the twice-annual study from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative or NRC (www.npresearch.org).
Organizations use NRC findings to make decisions about where to invest fundraising dollars. Charities look to the NRC to see whether other organizations report increases, decreases or stable receipts from each of the 15 different methods studied, and how widely used certain methods are. Very few charities use telephone appeals or text messaging, for example. Nearly all use direct mail.
The NRC also asks specialized questions in each wave. A year ago, in Winter 2017, the group reported that a quarter of charities saw a decline in charitable receipts related to the 2016 elections in the U.S. An even earlier study reported the many ways that board members are involved in fundraising, beyond making the ask.
With a decade of data and hundreds of participating groups in each wave, the NRC is the only source of long-term trend information that looks at specific fundraising methods and considers results by organizational size, region, and sub-sector or mission (education, human services, arts, etc.).
The Winter 2018 survey is open through March 6th with a report planned for April. Take a look! http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRC-MSB. When you complete the survey, you’ll get an early peak at results.
About Melissa S. Brown: Research and writing to help your organization turn knowledge into action. Voted “One of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers” in 2016
The Fund Raising School Proposal Writing and Grant Management Chicago, IL March 15-16, 2018
AFP-Greater Wichita Chapter The Future of Philanthropic Culture Wichita, KS April 5, 2018
Evansville Area Fundraising Council The Future of Philanthropy May 9, 2018
Member Association of Fundraising Professionals Association of Philanthropic Counsel, Armandina Evaluation Association Consultant, Indiana Youth Institute Faculty, The Fund Raising School