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The Philanthropy Landscape

Since our founding, we have been committed to advancing the profession of fundraising and helping to elevate the critical role mission-driven organizations play in the well-being of society and of our world. Here, we share insights on the opportunities and challenges facing organizations and their donors along with data-informed special reports. We also share stories of celebration – as organizations realize aspirational goals and demonstrate the impact of their missions.

University of Utah announces ‘landmark’ $110 million gift from Eccles Foundations for School of Medicine

The University of Utah today announced a landmark gift of $110 million for its School of Medicine...

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Biden Administration’s Proposed Tax Changes: What You Need to Know

When might any changes go into effect, and what could be the implications for charitable giving?...

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Healthy Tensions: Perspectives on National Nonprofits With Local Chapters

Sometimes, despite a shared mission, the relationship between local and national is not as productive as it might be....

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Tips for Your Development Operations Plan

Prepare for what's to come. Develop and then work your plan to achieve fundraising success....

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Mega-Changes in Philanthropy

There are intended and unintended consequences as new strategies are – or are not – adopted....

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Key Considerations for Implementing Metrics

As advancement teams continuously seek to optimize resources, metrics/KPIs are bound to resurface as a hot topic....

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Jewish Aging Services: Deeply rooted tenets that inspire philanthropy

Organizations with Jewish affiliations reported fundraising results significantly higher than national benchmarks...

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Two Paths to Mega Gift Philanthropy

Traditionally an outcome of a long-term relationship with a donor, broader engagement giving is proving to be a growing path...

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DAFs Shift Conversations from Capacity to Philanthropic Priority

Nonprofits can expect over $20B in grants from DAFs every year. What does this mean for your organization? ...

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The Strategic Plan: Your Opportunity to Design for Sustainability

Now is the time for school leadership to reexamine existing strategic plans to determine if course corrections are needed...

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The Landscape of Mega Gifts and Commitments in 2020

What’s unprecedented about $10M+ gifts in 2020 are trending in the opposite direction of the markets....

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In an era of social distancing, we are making connections.

Donor first. Data driven. Digital centric. These commitments guide our consulting with clients who are rapidly evolving their own approach...

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Fundamentals of Healthcare Fundraising During a Pandemic

Using our research, combined with the expertise of our consultants and examples from across the sector, we share early lessons...

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Alumni Relations Forecast 2021: Concerns and Opportunities

Clearly, the comfort zone of “we’ve always done it that way,” has been booted out the door...

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Fundraising Outlook Depends on Vaccines, Stimulus, Equity, Other

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that projections are hard to make. A look ahead at 2021 giving....

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UC Board of Regents discusses funding, pandemic, entrance exams

The UC system received $2.9B over the past fiscal year, almost half in support of health sciences and medicine...

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What You Need to Know About the SECURE Act

Many of us became familiar last year with the provisions of the CARES Act, which Congress passed in March of...

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Philanthropy in Aging Services: A National Benchmarking Study

Whether you have a mature fundraising program or getting started, this report is critical for aging services leaders...

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