by Philip Rojc for Inside Philanthropy It was the billionaire news of July. Space-racing tycoons: a drama of vaunting ambitions and phallic symbolism culminating in a back-on-Earth press conference by the biggest billionaire of them all, clad in a jumpsuit and a cowboy hat. Jeff Bezos' 10-minute space flight coincided with the release of $400 … Continue reading For Many, There’s No Such Thing as a Good Billionaire. What Does That Mean for Philanthropy?
Dr. Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, recently wrote a rousing piece in defence of philanthropy. Beth writes: "those currently shouting the loudest about the ills of philanthropy often associate themselves with – and gain social media kudos from those occupying – the more radical end of the … Continue reading It’s Time to Speak Up About the Positive Role and Contribution of Philanthropy
You’re out making waves in the world: networking with potential clients, donors, business partners, or simply meeting new friends. Nothing makes a person feel valued like you remembering their name. But there’s one problem: just how are you supposed to remember all those names and faces!? Could there really be a version of ‘Future You’ … Continue reading How to remember names – every single time!
Want to know who’s cooler at using technology to raise money than your average well-funded university or nonprofit? Malala, that’s who. Also, the United Way. The Count Basie Center for the Arts, Wake Forest University, Cushing Academy, and 200+ other nonprofits that have signed up with The Giving Block to accept cryptocurrencies. “Oh, cryptocurrency. Pfft!” you might be thinking. … Continue reading Is your nonprofit missing out on a huge crypto-tunity?
Did you know that legacy fundraising produces the most ROI (return on investment) of any fundraising activity? Stephen Pidgeon states in his book How To Love Your Donors to Death that the average amount of a bequest in the US is about $37,000. Compare that to the average major gift of $5,000. With that kind … Continue reading Successful Legacy Fundraising | 12 In-depth Insights and Tips
Ilana Jackman worked with Kingston University to talk to 6000 alumni over 60 years old about their legacies and the results have transformed their legacy fundraising. Here is a practical case study how we did it: https://blog.thebiggive.org.uk/advice/as-a-fundraiser-how-can-i-bring-up-the-question-of-legacies/
You may know Joan Ogwumike as the author for the past four years of the blog, A Researcher’s Diary, but she is also the writer of the Apra-Illinois blog as well as Prospect Research Associate at the Obama Foundation. Although small in number, Black prospect development professionals deserve an opportunity to share experiences and knowledge pertaining to diversity, inclusion … Continue reading Identity and Blackness in Prospect Development
That’s a truism. You obviously have to have some spare cash if you are going to support a charity, but what makes this a particularly interesting point is the recent report from the Governor of the Bank of England, where he explains that saving deposits have increased in value by over £125 billion during the … Continue reading People who have more money can give more away
Large, traditional business networking events are a time-honored institution. They have been a staple of aspiring and successful professionals for so long that most networking advice focuses not on whether you should attend, but on how to make the most of these events when you do attend. In theory, they’re one of the best ways … Continue reading Don’t Waste Your Time on Networking Events
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Tess Nixon Spiller. She wrote this blog at the time and when I first read it, it felt to me she was a magician who had just lifted the lid on their most successful magic trick. It just blew me away... "so that is … Continue reading The permission to ask ask