By Renee Fitzgerald I was fortunate to host a panel discussion at the USD Governance Symposium last week with three incredible panelists: Jay Hill, CEO, Library Foundation ($185 million capital campaign) Dr. Tim O’Malley, VP External Relationship ($300 million capital campaign) Don Stump, CEO, North County Lifeline (launching a campaign) My panel of… Continue reading Campaign Volunteer Leadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Did you receive a raise last year? The University of San Diego reported in their 2016 State of Nonprofits publication that in 2015, there was an 18% increase of total nonprofit wages. Sadly, if you are a fundraiser, your salary stayed flat according to the AFP Salary Survey 2015. The mean (average) salary for fundraisers… Continue reading Case of the Mondays
I like the article that The Chronicle of Philanthropy published about funders giving significant donations to nonprofit overhead or as the article calls it "less-than-glamorous essentials". It is exciting to see that funders are giving "general operating grants — the type of flexible funding that charities seek most..." Read the full article here and revisit my Huffington Post… Continue reading Less-Than-Glamorous Essentials: Overhead Myth Revisted
If fundraising had an “easy” button, it would be the program wish list (pictured above). As fundraisers we hope that every person we meet is philanthropic and wants to donate because it makes them feel good. Yet, there are a lot of individuals who are more transactional and less philanthropic. The program wish list… Continue reading The Fundraising Easy Button
I recently became a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Not because I live in Los Angeles or because I plan to frequent the Museum on a regular basis. However, I did want to access something special at the Museum that only members can access. My membership gave me entrance to a sold out art exhibition… Continue reading Getting ‘in’ with the In-crowd: Upgrading Members to Donors
According to Giving USA 2014 Report: A total of $335.17 billion was donated to nonprofits in the United States in 2013 – almost a $19 billion increase from 2012. This is also a good sign of the recovery and getting closer to the $344 billion raised in 2007 before the economy crashed. The largest component… Continue reading Giving USA 2014 Report Released!
This morning I was thinking about changing a culture. It is actually something I do for a living – changing cultures in nonprofits. It starts with the nonprofit wanting to increase their fundraising, launch a capital campaign or engage their Board further in their activities. In order to do this, often the culture of the… Continue reading Elevator Culture: Getting out of your comfort zone