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Larry Raff
Getting Value from Training
By Larry Raff In Major Gifts, Training Posted May 26, 2013 0 Comments
There is no substitute for professional development and being a life-long learner. All professionals need to step out of the day to day to be immersed in new thinking, alternative approaches to challenges and stimulation of our creative side. There are a confounding number of training offerings for advancement professionals that offer a wide range […]
Fundraisers…the Great Equalizers
There are so many reasons for fundraisers to feel good about our profession and the work we do.  We have the opportunity and the obligation to represent worthy and important organizational missions and to enable philanthropists of all stripes to share their love of humanity in  meaningful ways. If this were not enough motivation to […]
Boston Strong…Philanthropy Strong
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted April 28, 2013 0 Comments
  It has been just two weeks since the Boston Marathon bombing and so much has happened in those 14 days that it seems like a compressed reality.  Aside from the tragedy of the bombing and loss of life, limbs and innocence, a side of Boston and the nation has emerged that reflects an important […]
Congratulations to Lori Freeman – Winner of the planMGO-Master Gift Officer Fellowship
Master Gift Officer.  Just the words alone conjure up confidence, optimism, energy, and success.  And the phrase embodies what we all strive for:  demonstrating the highest level of ability, talent, and dedication within the development profession. Today, the job title is not on the tip of the tongue of most nonprofit fundraising professionals or organizations, […]
Research: The Power of a Humanized Mission
      The March 31, 2013 issue of the NY Times Magazine featured an article on Adam Grant, Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Wharton School.  Organizational psychology studies how to help employees get the most out of their job and how to design work so that people will enjoy it and want to […]
It’s Party Time!
  This New Yorker cartoon reminded me that event season is right around the corner. As sure as the sun rises and sets, so too does the annual onslaught of galas, golf outings, dinner-dances and awards ceremonies.  Between our clients and other non-profit organizations that receive my personal philanthropic support, spring-themed invitations are now arriving […]
Nonprofit Health Insurers…An Insult to the Rest of Us
By Larry Raff In Healthcare, Insights Posted March 10, 2013 0 Comments
  Where does your non-profit organization rankagainst one that, in 2012, made $163.9 million on $7 billion in revenues?  Or perhaps your NPO is closer to making $103.4 million or $22.5 million.  These are the earnings of three non-profit health insurers in Massachusetts; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Tufts Health Care and Harvard […]
Tax Deductions Hysteria
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted February 25, 2013 0 Comments
An article published in the Boston Globe on January 30th, “Uncertainty boosts donations at the end of 2012” described how area nonprofits and community foundations received larger than expected contributions at the close of 2012. According to the article, contributions to the Fidelity Charitable Fund and the Boston Foundation were up 24% and 300% in the […]
One Shovel-Full at a Time
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted February 11, 2013 0 Comments
My whole body aches. Those of you living in the Northeast know exactly why I am in this state. After coming indoors after my forth effort to dig out my car after the Blizzard of 2013, I found that a hard earned advancement metaphor had crept into my frigid gray matter. I stopped counting the […]
Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising
By Larry Raff In Insights, Planning & Strategy Posted January 28, 2013 0 Comments
A recently released study, UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, should be on the radar of all development professionals. The research, a joint project of    CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, provides an important assessment of the state of the advancement profession. Key findings include the challenges faced by […]
Copley Raff’s 13 Fund Raising Trends to Watch in 2013, Part 2
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Healthcare, Insights Posted January 16, 2013 0 Comments
And without further delay…Fund Raising Trends to Watch in 2013 (Part II) (Continued from Part I) 8.  Funding Diversification Many nonprofits are facing the prospect or reality of losing funds from traditional sources. This could be in the form of a reduction or complete loss of funding from long term partners including foundation and corporate […]
Copley Raff’s 13 Fund Raising Trends to Watch in 2013, Part 1
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” —    Peter Drucker As everyone in the advancement business knows, it is becoming increasingly challenging to raise funds.  Organizations need to invest more and more in advancement operations and personnel to grow… or just stay even. 2013 promises to be even more challenging […]

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