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A New Paradigm is Upon Us – The Donor Pyramid is Narrowing – Happy New Year!
It is time for our industry to respond to a changing donor-fundraising paradigm that is rapidly accelerating and can catch many stakeholder nonprofits off guard.  While the “donor pyramid” has served us well for decades, where the broad base of the pyramid represents many small dollar donors and the top represents transformational donors, new economic dynamics in the US population necessitate a new look at the pyramid and advancement strategies.
Understanding the Happiness U-Curve Helps Guide Staff and Donor Engagement
There is a growing body of research that indicates that no matter our economic circumstances or country we live in, that our feeling of happiness (self-satisfaction) is affected by age, and is predictable.
Wisdom From My Grandfather – and a Warning
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted October 31, 2018 7 Comments
The recent massacre of eleven Jewish worshipers in Pittsburgh, the vile hatemongering of the Trump administration and complicit silence by Republican party leaders… has my guard up.
Leading from Behind – A Fine Balance for Success
Leading from behind: a leader, he said, is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
Alexa – A Little Known Tool for Advancement
I want to share a tool with you that very few people I speak with have heard of.  Alexa.com is owned by Amazon and ranks website traffic domestically and internationally.
These Days Everyone Needs a “Puppy”, Especially Your Donors
It has been 18 years since my wife Deborah and I last had a puppy.  But we recently decided we wanted another dog… and we needed it as well.  I am sure I am not alone having visceral reactions to the headlines of the day.  The words “unprecedented”, “unbelievable” and “are you kidding”, just don’t have the same force and significance as they once had not that long ago.  It is taking its toll.
Less is MORE in Building Relationships
Who among us, whether we work in a large shop or small, email coworkers to address a work issue when you could have just walked down the hall to speak with the person?  Or how about when you have a chance to work with a board member or volunteer - do you opt for a phone call instead of a face-to-face meeting?  While the conveniences of modern life are easy to default to because it is presumed to be more time effective for both parties, I want to raise the question if that is indeed true?
What Fundraisers Need to Know About the New Tax Law…All in One Place
Allow me to take a run at providing, what I think are the most relevant aspects of the new tax law for advancement officers, that you may find useful for strategy and to help donors understand the implications for their philanthropy planning.
Disagreements Strengthen Friendships – If We Get Out of Our Bubble
I have had a 15-year friendship with a fellow board member of a biomedical research nonprofit we support.  Ben was a very successful business man, now retired, and is politically conservative.  My political leanings are decidedly progressive. Over the years, Ben and I have had fun sparing over the political issues of the day, spanning […]
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.
What Makes People Give in the Face of Disasters?
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted March 13, 2018 0 Comments
There have been a number of major disasters in the US during the past six years. Some have garnered immediate appeals for funds and others have not. The following is an attempt to gain insights from an examination of twelve mass-shooting & human-made incidents and five natural disasters since 2012 to determine what might influence fundraising to help victims.
Are Nonprofits Getting a Bum Rap?
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted February 4, 2018 1 Comment
It happened again. An article in the Sunday Boston Globe, January 30, 2018, “Employee theft ‘shockingly common’ at nonprofits” tries to make the case and give the impression that employee theft is a scourge effecting nonprofit stakeholder organizations more than private sector shareholder businesses. The argument is that nonprofits are under staffed with people who […]

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