Cultivation, Dating Your Donors, Major Gifts, stewardship

The “Magic” in Major Donor Fundraising

When I meet with potential clients, they often think I have a magic wand in my purse that I will wave all around their offices and things will magically change for the better. Like, new donors will instantly start giving or current donors will double their donations. Presto-chango! Instant increased fundraising!! What I have found… Continue reading The “Magic” in Major Donor Fundraising

Donor Research, Major Gifts

Donor Research = Successful Solicitations

Meet Fitz Nonprofit Consulting's team member, Meghan Petyak, Fundraising & Donor Prospect Researcher. Ms. Petyak has nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. A member of the Fitz Team since 2017, she began her nonprofit career in fundraising research at the MET and went on to lead the prospect and donor research operations… Continue reading Donor Research = Successful Solicitations

Major Gifts, Nonprofit Education, Research Studies

Need to Know: The Highlights of the Giving USA Report 2017

  Just in case you didn't have a chance to read the full Giving USA Report... here is your cheat sheet highlighting the information you need to know!   Highlights of the Giving USA 2017 Report: A total of $390.05 billion was donated to nonprofits in the United States in 2016 –  almost an $11 billion increase from… Continue reading Need to Know: The Highlights of the Giving USA Report 2017

Engaging Gen X and Y, Major Gifts, Online Fundraising

My Philanthropic Predictions for 2017

2017 promises to bring change and hopefully a better future. The building strength of the economy will continue to positively increase philanthropy this year. Below are my philanthropic predictions for this New Year.       Generosity rising. 2017 will bring another increase in total philanthropic giving by ~4% to reach a new high of over $388… Continue reading My Philanthropic Predictions for 2017

Major Gifts

The A-ha Moment of Raising Major Gifts

A year ago, I started working with a new client who wanted to dramatically increase their major gifts program - a program that had existed in result of mostly unsolicited donations. We spent 3 to 6 months poring through donor lists, noticing giving patterns, identifying relationship managers, creating individual cultivation strategies and solicitation amounts for… Continue reading The A-ha Moment of Raising Major Gifts