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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 […]
Boards as Investors and Donors
By Larry Raff In Insights, Planning & Strategy Posted December 11, 2012 0 Comments
  What’s in a name?  That’s a challenging question when it comes to fundraising.  The nomenclature behind philanthropic giving has evolved over the years.  Terms for what is essentially giving money or resources to a nonprofit have ranged from making a donation; contributing; making a gift; giving a grant; making an investment; venture philanthropy; and, […]
It’s the DEMOGRAPHICS, Stupid!
By Larry Raff In Insights, Planning & Strategy Posted November 13, 2012 0 Comments
So the results are in, and Barack Obama will continue as our President for the next four years. No matter how you personally feel about the outcome, this victory, and the strategy behind it, has many lessons for us in the advancement world.  The pundits can explain President Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney in more ways […]
To the Entrepreneurs Among Us
By Larry Raff In Career & Recruitment, Insights Posted October 1, 2012 1 Comment
The career of advancement truly offers something for anyone interested in following their passion to make a difference. In addition to the numerous nonprofit verticals – including health care, education, arts and culture, social services, and social justice – the field also offers many work opportunities in which to apply our personal gifts, skills, and […]
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 […]
Politics, Policy, and Philanthropy
By Larry Raff In Insights, Planning & Strategy Posted September 4, 2012 1 Comment
  The health and vitality of the nonprofit sector and the growth of philanthropy have never been more influenced by federal and state political climates than they are today.  As the 3rd, private, and government sectors plan for their economic futures, they face great uncertainty given the wide range of theories and options for addressing […]
The Value of Diversity
  It seems to be in every nonprofit’s strategic plan…improve board and staff diversity.  According to Malcolm Forbes, “Diversity is the act of thinking independently together” – which in its own right should help bring the best ideas and strategies to the table.  This all sounds good and is very PC (post Jimmy Carter) but […]
Endowment Fundraising – Weighing the Options
Perhaps the most confusing terms in the fund raising universe is “endowment.”  It seems there are as many perceptions and definitions for the word as there are people talking about it.  How do you personally define endowment, the nature of an endowment gift, or an endowment campaign? I recently led a session on endowments at […]
Be In the Moment…to Get Hired
Professional success.  For many fundraising executives, that means a constant inching upward on the career ladder.  Clearly, ambition, drive, and motivation are critical factors in moving the needle for ourselves as well as our organizations.  And, as executive recruiters, we are always on the lookout for advancement candidates willing and able to lead with energy, […]

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