Category Archives: major gifts

Samantha Swaim: Special appeal is where the money is

Samantha Swaim emphasized the “special appeal” as the most important element of a nonprofit’s fundraising auction, because that’s where the money is. She spoke Thursday to Mid-Valley Development Professionals in its 2015 kickoff event. Swaim heads Swaim Strategies, a Portland … Continue reading

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Lean keys to fundraising success

Learning who the donors are and making it personal about them is “where the magic is” in lean fundraising, Erica Charbonneau told Mid-Valley Development Professionals Oct. 24. “You are the conduit” for the nonprofit’s relationship with the donor, she told … Continue reading

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How not to leave cash on the table

Margaret King has a suggestion for how to secure a gift without leaving “a wad of cash on the table when you walk out the door.” It’s two words: prospect research. “A few years ago, one of my clients requested rush … Continue reading

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Oregon nonprofits: An economic force

With 10,429 active organizations and 166,130 employees, Oregon nonprofits account for 13 percent of the state’s private sector workforce. Many are operating under financial stress, but they remain an “economic driver” that has been silent. That’s the conclusion presented by … Continue reading

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How to add bequests to the fundraising mix

Any fundraising program gains strength when it includes a planned giving element, and the leading source of planned gifts is donor bequests. That’s what makes next week’s MVDP program so compelling. Tanya Howe Johnson, who led the national planned giving … Continue reading

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10 ways to improve fundraising right now

Just in time for your return from spring break, here is a list of 10 things you can do before summer to give  your fundraising efforts a pick-me-up. Gail Perry expands on them in her blog today. Here’s the summary: … Continue reading

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An argument for giving while living

This article from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal offers ideas on how donors can protect their legacies from straying from their original intent. One of the best is overseeing the distribution while you’re still alive or “giving while living.” By ADAM … Continue reading

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