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It is Time to Revisit Charitable Gift Annuities
  I was skeptical at first.  A colleague introduced me to a strategy that removes all risk to the nonprofit organization (NPO) when writing a charitable gift annuity (CGA), and reduces significantly the risk of default to the donor.  This is especially true for smaller NPOs and younger donors.  Larger NPOs can tolerate more risk […]
The Calculus of Staff vs. Volunteer Driven Fundraising
There are many ways to “skin a cat” the saying goes. Some advancement shops are heavily invested in building multiple volunteer committees, separate fundraising boards and using volunteers directly in fundraising activities.  Other shops have no volunteer committees and use individual board members or other donors strategically with specific prospect approaches…and often sparingly. Organizations like […]
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – a Bellwether for…
I first want to congratulate the ALS Association and several other related organizations for benefiting from the impressive wave of philanthropic support generated by the Ice Bucket Challenge. Let’s explore whether in an environment increasingly driven by social media we are now witnessing the early stages of a paradigm shift in philanthropy. The Ice Bucket […]
Philanthropy’s Important Role in Healthcare Reform
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Healthcare Posted July 13, 2014 0 Comments
This article originally appeared in Becker’s Hospital Review, written by Larry G. Raff, MPH, President, Copley Raff   Don’t look now, but the face of healthcare in the United States is about to change. The results will be better care, better patient outcomes, lower costs (or slowing of cost increases) and more financially sound providers. […]
Is it Transactional or Transformative?
Transactional fundraising is a hot topic in our industry lately, probably because cause-related marketing is being increasingly influenced by consumerism. The lines distinguishing sales from philanthropy are becoming blurred and a new lexicon has emerged around this, current buzz words being philanthrocapitalismand marketized philanthropy. I was struck by a recent article in The Atlantic, titled: “Is For-Profit […]
Top 5 GivingTake Blog Posts
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.  Rather than conduct a survey, let’s look at what topics are being read most by thousands of advancement professionals. The Copley Raff GivingTake Blog has been publishing for three years […]
The Myth of Advancement Benchmarks
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Major Gifts, Training Posted September 2, 2013 0 Comments
There seems to be this belief that by “benchmarking” an organization to other “peer” organizations that something useful can be learned.  Or that insights will emerge that will help your organization…or make it feel bolstered or diminished in some way. Consultants are often asked to do benchmarking as part of an assessment engagement, but unfortunately, […]
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 […]
Should Nonprofits Be Judged By A Different Standard of Success?
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas Posted October 29, 2012 0 Comments
Dan Pallotta, a journalist, philanthropist, and businessman with a longstanding background in the nonprofit world, recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Can’t We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?” The piece raised some provocative questions, though perhaps not the ones the author was originally intending.  Mr. Pallotta’s thesis, “It’s time […]
Sevens, Eights, Nines, and Tens
    What’s your number?  I once heard a wise person say “Sevens hire fives and sixes, and Eights higher nines and tens.”  Admittedly, this is a somewhat crude way to express the point that high achievers are willing to work with subordinates and colleagues who may be smarter, harder working, more knowledgeable and gifted […]
Not Another Social Media Commercial
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas Posted July 23, 2012 0 Comments
Three years ago I wrote an article entitled “Confessions of a Social Media Phobe.”  Way back then, I was wondering “aloud” about the relevance, future, and wisdom of social media relative to fundraising and life in general.  In 2009, it was easy to feel smothered by the hype around online networking and communications and the […]

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