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Revolutionary and Evolutionary Advancement Work in 2021

Copley Raff recently held a Zoom Reunion of planMGO alumni from across the country, to catch up and to discuss some compelling fundraising issues. planMGO is a Master Gift OfficerTM curriculum and 4-day training that was conducted by Copley Raff from 2009 – 2016. The following are valuable insights from our discussion along with conversations during my Philanthropy Massachusetts and ...
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Are You Feeling the Whiplash?

I know this post may be fraught. I want to address how important diversity, equity and inclusion are to the advancement field. Since the murder of George Floyd, the nation and world have been woke to pervasive institutional racism, the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. A light has also been shined on the presence and effects ...
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Social Justice and Fundraising

By William Gross, Senior Consultant, Copley Raff Inc. Social and technological change are moving faster and faster. We have all learned to embrace digital changes: think of learning to use increasingly sophisticated donor databases, Constant Contact, peer-to-peer giving sites, and other digital tools. We are now seeing different changes … those driven by evolving social norms, and specifically, the movement ...
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It is Always Darkest Before the Dawn

English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller appears to be the first person to commit the notion that “It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth,” to print in 1650. The notion implies things often seem at their worst just before they get better. It feels like we are beginning the darkest time of the pandemic. The dawn will likely ...
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Why NOT to Ask for a Gift — NOT

I have consulted with well over 200 organizations in my career. This experience has put me in a position to share some of the “greatest hits” of why organizations do not ask a donor or prospective donor to make a gift. Allow me to share both their arguments against and my arguments for asking a donor or prospective donor for ...
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What Might 2022 Look Like for Fundraising?

This, our second economic crisis in the past 12-years, promises to be 10-fold worse with a longer and more disruptive recovery. The lessons we as advancement professionals learned from the great recession offer little insight to our current crisis. Life and the economy as we knew it will be profoundly different, even after the widespread use of a Covid-19 vaccine ...
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