Fundraising

Why major philanthropists are giving more money to just one cause

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By William Foster and Alison Powell for Harvard Business Review In his recent Harvard Law Review opus, President Barack Obama highlighted the yawning opportunity for leaders on both sides of the political aisle to repair the criminal justice system, in part by changing sentencing laws and ending the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Despite the economic and social […]

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Foellinger Invited-Initiative: partnering with nonprofits

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Cheryl Taylor knows the effects of thoughtful, reflective grant giving. Since 2001, she’s been president of the Fort Wayne-based Foellinger Foundation, whose mission since its founding in 1958 has been to strengthen organizations in Allen County that serve children and families, particularly those with the “greatest economic need and […]

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An overview of the Foellinger Foundation

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Organization: Private charitable foundation created in 1958. Assets: Estimated $185.1 million market value (as of 8/31/2016 fiscal year-   end). Annual grants: Approximately $8 million grant payments (fiscal year 2016). Source of funds: Lifetime gifts from the late Helene R. Foellinger (1910-1987), owner and publisher of The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne. Proceeds from the estates of […]

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Fundraising predictions for 2017

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Fundraising in the UK received several hammer blows in 2016, on top of a continuation of strong negative currents for some income streams, and uncertainty over Brexit and worries over the US elections didn’t help our donors or trustees confidence either. The resultant mood around our Top Table gatherings of the leading fundraisers was sometimes […]

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On philanthropy: Seven trends in philanthropy to expect in 2017

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By Bruce DeBoskey, The DeBoskey Group, The Denver Post Last year was a great year for philanthropy. It included record levels of giving and impact investing and more strategic approaches to charitable efforts. This year, 2017, will likely launch its own unique trends. I’ll be watching for these highlights: 1. Reduced tax incentives for giving […]

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The state of storytelling in the nonprofit sector

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By Vanessa Chase, founder, Storytelling Non-Profit and Network for Good Stories have been a huge trend in the nonprofit sector in the past five years, but our sector has been telling stories for much longer. Year after year, we are committed to telling people about our work, progress, and needs. Each time we communicate these […]

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A new study: Taking the pulse the fundraising profession

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | America’s first settlers had favorable attitudes toward philanthropy, perhaps because charities traditionally were well supported in their native England. This giving attitude laid the groundwork for fundraising as a profession. But actual nonprofit development positions are relatively new, and the study of the profession is even more recent. […]

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UnderDeveloped: A national study of challenges facing nonprofit fundraising

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The 2013 study, UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising, revealed that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and […]

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Resetting development: Highlighting the bright spots

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By Yasya Berezovskiy, associate project director of learning and evaluation, CompassPoint | What will it take to reset entrenched and ineffective development practices towards a fresher mindset and more effective approach? Prompted by the widespread fundraising challenges identified in UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising (a joint project of CompassPoint and the […]

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