GivingTake Blog Posts

Are Social Media Numbers Adding Up?
With the recent revelation about the Facebook data breach of at least 87 million user profiles, I felt compelled to look into the basis of available statistics about U.S. adult usage of leading social media platforms.  Many nonprofit stakeholder organizations use various platforms to communicate with stakeholders, announce milestones and appeal to donors, so it is important that we can trust the statistics and the user security being provided.
Things Fundraisers Can Count on in 2018
Reading the tea leaves is a fun exercise and important to prepare for 2018.  Many norms and laws changed in 2017 that will surely affect how advancement officers do business in the coming year.  Here are a few things I think we can count on for 2018.
The Cute and Adorable Strategy to Motivate Donors, Leaders and Staff to Action
We all know that it is helpful when you can incorporate kids, furry animals and the like into appeals.  After all, giving has a strong emotional component that often accompanies the decision to contribute. The benefits of using this tactic, however, go well beyond appeals. Recent Research Recent research from several sources demonstrates that using […]
Getting Aligned with the Missionary Position
Are you a fundraising Mercenary or Missionary? These two fundamental leadership styles have direct application to the advancement work you do.  They are both effective and valuable, but it is important to know which you are, and how it aligns with the responsibilities of your position. Thanks to Fast Company co-founder Bill Taylor’s latest book […]
Time to Play Your Federal Budget Trump Card
It’s time for the nonprofit sector’s stakeholders to exert our considerable influence on the national debate in response to the Trump administration’s chilling budget blueprint.  Nonprofit organizations account for 11.4 million jobs, 10.3 percent of all private sector employment, $370 billion in charitable giving and touch the lives of every American.  Collectively and individually, stakeholders […]
The Long-Term Trend That Is Going Unnoticed – UPDATED
My original post dated August 3, 2014 entitled “The Long-Term Trend That Is Going Unnoticed” argued a number of reasons why the overall national donor pool is shrinking. The pillars of the argument addressed the Giving USA analysis showing total giving rose 3.0 percent in 2013 over the 2012 estimate, adjusted for inflation.  There was no […]
Why 2017 will be Wicked Awesome
“Wicked awesome” is a uniquely Boston expression.  When the Red Sox won the World Series…wicked awesome.  When Whitey Bulger was captured…wicked awesome.  Before I get into why 2017 will be a wicked awesome year for many nonprofit stakeholder organizations, I want to review some studies that address how people feel and behave after they are […]
We are All in Human Services
Stakeholder organizations are often divided into different categories to help others navigate the nonprofit sector.  The categories typically include: Education, Basic Needs, Arts & Culture, Health, Religion, Youth/Family Services, Environment & Conservation, Animal Welfare, International Affairs, Policy and many others. To be sure, each of these categories addresses content with which advancement officers need to […]
Headwinds for Public Charities
Is the job market for advancement professionals contracting?  And if so, why? It would appear from most of the available data, the number of 501(c)3 “public charities”* in the US is indeed declining. (*StakeholderCorporations) According to the Independent Sector and Urban Institute’s research: More than 275,000 public charities lost their tax-exempt status in 2011 because of […]
Philanthropy: The means for sustaining population health programs
  If a population health initiative gets initial funding from a foundation, health insurer, or a hospital, and shows strong results…will it get more funding to maintain its good work? Likely not. Public health leaders are often frustrated by having to shutter outstanding community health programs when the start-up funding from foundations, insurers, hospitals, and […]
TOP 5 GivingTake Posts Over the Past 5 Years…A Taste of What’s Been on Our Mind
What better way to find out what is on the minds of our advancement colleagues than to see what they are reading about on blogs. The Copley Raff GivingTake Blog has been publishing for five years now, and here are the top five most read posts:   #5  The Case for Gray Hair The advancement profession is […]
Fundraising Forecasts for 2016…a head scratcher
  This is the time of year when I take stock to reflect and project about new advancement trends and developments, and what seems to be gaining steam to make a splash in the coming year.  2015 was a quiet year for innovation and 2016 looks no different. The past five years or so brought […]

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