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Mar 11, 2019

The Bi-Polar Future of Fundraising

There are two fundraising models that are heading in opposite directions.

The traditional model is that you invest in new donor acquisition and then work to build a long-term relationship with those donors who, in turn, will faithfully support your cause.

The emerging paradigm is a point-of-sale model, where an organization realizes all of its LTV with the donor’s first gift and no possibility of an ongoing relationship.

One model is relational. One model is transactional. I see the industry struggling to “convert” transactional donors into the relational model. My sense is that this could be an expensive and futile effort.

Rather, I believe the better approach may be to create distinct strategies optimizing each of these two very different fundraising approaches.

It’s Time to Know More

In the past months, we have all been faced with uncertainty. It’s our new normal. And while there is often confusion today between what is truth and what is fiction, each nonprofit organization has a gold mine of certainty at their fingertips – their donor database....

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Fundraising’s Solid Ground

As I write this, we literally live in a world filled with uncertainty. While us analysts cannot predict the future of fundraising, we are pretty good at studying past donor behavior, and that can help us better understand how we should respond in times of uncertainty....

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Fundraising in the Time of Coronavirus

As all of anxiously watch the spread of COVID-19 from China to the rest of the globe, we are all holding our breath on how this is going to affect donor behavior. Fortunately, December 2019 giving was particularly strong for most organizations. However, early data...

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