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What Makes People Give in the Face of Disasters?
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted March 13, 2018 1 Comment
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 […]
Are You Giving In to #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday now has six years under its belt. It seems prudent to review its growth and significance, and to see whether it elevates overall giving or just redistributes anticipated giving. #GivingTuesday is a novel campaign founded by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation to remind the nation that the holiday season is about […]
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.
Are You Ready to Accept a Transformational Gift?
Hard as this may be to imagine, it is not so easy to say yes to accepting a transformational gift, or to respond to a windfall like the Ice Bucket Challenge. Surprising Potential Obstacles You can begin to identify obstacles by asking your CEO, “How would you use a gift of $10 million, $50 million […]
Harvey, Irma and Our Nation’s Soul
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted September 9, 2017 1 Comment
During Boston’s snow apocalypse in 2015, I had light hearted discussions with my clients in Miami posing which they were more willing to deal with – winters with the potential of 10 feet of snow or the threat of devastating hurricanes.   To a person, they all chose the latter. Irma has definitely called the question […]
When Leadership is Fraught with Cognitive Dissonance
There is no denying that a major source of frustration for advancement officers is when board and executive leaders proclaim their devotion to the mission, promise to help, and don’t behave accordingly. This cognitive dissonance is the consequence of a person performing an action (or not performing an action) that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and […]
All Nonprofits Are Exposed When Federal Funds are Reduced
Money works in mysterious ways. The cause and effect that often comes with spending money is not always linear. It is easy to overlook what happens when an organization does not receive its annual job training grant.  Or when a hospital’s Medicaid or Medicare reimbursement rate is reduced.  Or when the subsidy for housing vouchers […]
Interviewing Fundraising Candidates – Getting it Right
We all know the challenge of finding the right candidate to fill our important fundraising vacancies, including the pitfalls of the interview process.  The April 9, 2017 NY Times article, “The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews,” supports beliefs I have had, for many years as a fundraising employer and recruiter, about this process. The research […]
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 […]

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