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My Fall Mailbox

Like many of you, my mailbox is stuffed with nonprofit appeals between October 1st and December 31st. Here is a recap of the direct mail I received this year, and the insights I noted: • I received an even 50 pieces of direct mail. Thirty-five pieces were appeals from...

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Fundraising Trends for 2019

Last week, Analytical Ones completed its survey of fundraising professionals to gain insights on trends for 2019. Overall, the outlook among fundraising professionals is mixed. As many expect a good year as those who are forecasting it will not be a good year. As one...

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The Exponential Importance of Second Gift Timing

Check this out! This graph shows the the five-year value of a donor based on how quickly an organization converts a new donor into a second gift donor. The correlation is astounding. New donors that give a second gift within the first 3-months have LTVs nearly twice...

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Upgrade ROI

Since The Great Recession, two of the macro trends in fundraising are: 1) Organizations’ active donor counts are declining; and, 2) The donors who stay active have been giving more. Thus far, the increase in individual donor value has mitigated the decline in the...

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A Fall of Concern

Here we are again in the midst of the big fundraising season. As I type, nonprofit organizations’ direct mail packages are landing in our mailboxes – with dances of response rates dancing in their heads. This is always an anxiety filled time. Usually, election cycles...

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Planned Giving – The Age Ceiling

Recently, we did a large sample national survey of donors in the United States. We asked a wide variety of questions and we will be blogging about some of the donors' responses. This is our third blog on planned gifts. One question that is often debated in developing...

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Planned Giving – Lowering the Bar

As I mentioned in my last blog, we recently did a large sample national survey of donors in the United States. We asked a wide variety of questions and we will be blogging about some of their answers over the next few weeks. This is our second blog on planned gifts....

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Planned Giving – An Untapped Resource

Recently, we did a large-sample national survey of donors in the United States. We asked a wide variety of questions and we will be blogging about some of their answers over the next few weeks. The first blog is on the untapped resource for planned gifts. In our...

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3 Steps to Improve Development Staff Retention

Our last blog (here) generated quite a few comments – though because of the sensitivity of the topic, most comments came directly to me rather than being posted publicly on our blog’s website. Thanks to all for sharing their thoughts. I’ve boiled down the comments...

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The Pandemic of Development Turnover

You may have noticed a lot of Linked-In promotions for a new book by Jason Lewis titled The War for Fundraising Talent (you can read the Amazon reviews here https://www.amazon.com/War-Fundraising-Talent-Small-Shops/dp/1619848694). It’s great to see the author address...

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Four Keys to Nonprofit Success

I’ve recently read Cecile Richard’s new book, Make Trouble. She offers some simple but great advice for anyone working to start any organization, but I think it’s particularly appropriate for nonprofit organizations. Ms. Richard’s points are: 1. Set concrete goals...

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Predictions are a Tricky Business

For all of us who are “March Madness” fans, this is a great article: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/bracketiq/2018-04-03/ncaa-bracket-was-better-all-rest-2018 Given all the upsets in the first round of the tournament this year, some lucky ESPN entrant, “Che...

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Bearing Down

Many people that work in the numbers business, including us, have been saying for a while now that the stock market is overcooked, and a big correction is inevitable - so the major dive in the Dow Jones yesterday was not a huge surprise. No matter where we end up in...

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Facts

  "Facts all come with points of view Facts don't do what I want them to” - from the Talking Heads’ song Crosseyed and Painless As an analyst, this has always been one of my favorite Talking Heads songs. The academic term for “facts all come with points of view”...

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