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Managing Editor

Get What You Give

By Joe Boland

About Joe

Joe loves the 5 F's: food, fun, friends, football and fundraising

Joe has been with FundRaising Success since 2008, first as the magazine's copy editor, then senior editor and now managing editor. Prior to joining the magazine, he was a sportswriter for Montgomery Newspapers, covering high school and community sports in suburban Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Penn State University in University Park, Pa. Contact him via e-mail at jboland@napco.com or on Twitter at @JoeBolandFRS.

 

Peeling the Onion

Katrina VanHuss
Insufficient Justification
Apr 17, 2015

Often, I find that my clients have spent a lot of time and effort soliciting really nice gifts like airline...



Pay It Forward

F. Duke Haddad
So You Want to Be a Fundraising Consultant?
Apr 17, 2015

If you ask consultants how they became one, their answers cover a spectrum. I find it interesting that many practitioners...



It's Your Turn

Larry C Johnson
Getting the Right People on the Bus
Apr 16, 2015

The word "business" conjures up visions of overweening corporate greed rather than the requirement that all—ALL—viable organizations must have a...



Old Dog Fundraising

Pamela Barden
Looking at Fundraising Through Fresh Eyes
Apr 16, 2015

One of the (several) things I enjoy about teaching fundraising courses at a couple of universities is the opportunity to...



Bedrocks & Beacons

Jeff Jowdy
Do You Have a Drop-in Plan?
Apr 15, 2015

A man dressed in jeans and a rumpled shirt walked into the lobby and asked to see the executive director....



Navigating Off the Napkin

Angie Moore
I Am Lapsed and I Still Got a Customer Feedback Survey
Apr 14, 2015

I haven't donated in a while to this charity but after doing the online survey, it made me want to...



Outside Counsel

Willis Turner
16 Totally Whacked Shortcuts to Summon Your Fundraising Muse
Apr 13, 2015

Every so often you just get stuck when you need an idea. All writers know this. And we all know...



Connections

Richard Perry
The Meaning of 'No'
Apr 13, 2015

The work of a major gifts officer (MGO) is filled with "no's." That's the nature of the job. And I...



ProSpeak

Who's Up Next?
Everything That Is Wrong With Our Retention Programs and How to Put Them Right
Mar 27, 2015

I know several fundraising directors who know for sure retention got worse after they introduced their loyalty programs. But they...



Ruthlessly Practical Fundraising

Gail Perry
5 Keys to Get in the Door With a Mega-Capacity Donor
Mar 18, 2015

So you've identified your big kahuna potential prospect, your mega-capacity donor. What next? How do you get in the door?...



Digging Deeper

Matt Hugg
Go for the Green: Prepare for Year-End Fundraising Today
Mar 17, 2015

If you're on a June/July fiscal year, you need to make plans now for a strong year's end. That means...



Hump Day Hullabaloo

Jo Sullivan
Hump Day Hullaballoo: Sometimes It's Hell in the Hallway
May 22, 2013

This week, as I transition into my new position as interim executive director at Save the Chimps, we're talking about...



Get Engaged

Margaret Battistelli
What's Cooking in 2015?
Jan 7, 2015

Here's your chance to chime in and help us paint a picture of trends and best practices across all aspects...



Donor Trippin'

Nick Allen
Is There an App for Us?
Jul 1, 2014

Got an idea for an app that could connect a charity or nonprofit with its supporters and beneficiaries in an...



Raising the Possibilities

Thaddeus B. Kubis
Recurring Themes: The Case for Integrated Marketing Communications, Part 2
Dec 27, 2013

Recent discussions focus on a myriad of topics, but in the past two months, the recurring targeted topics seem to...



AFP NYC Chapter Meeting: Fundraising Insights From Folks on the Front Lines

 
Following Association of Fundraising Professionals CEO Andrew Watt's keynote at the AFP New York City Chapter's annual meeting last week, three fundraising professionals on the front lines discussed a multitude of issues surrounding the fundraising sector, including corporate trends, major donor concerns and changes to the tax law.

Here are some quick-hitting quotes from discussion panelists Timothy McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation; James McClelland, philanthropic advisor at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; and Jason Lee, director of government relations and general counsel at for the AFP.

  • "The nonprofit sector hasn't invested much time or money on leadership development." —Timothy McClimon
  • "The trends I'm seeing: There's a push from donors to see impact and quantifying them, but there's also an understanding that stares are still important. Marrying those is vital. Have statistics, but have stories too." —James McClelland
  • "Where media used to focus on good deeds, now media switched to a gotcha model to sell papers." —Jason Lee
  • "Government is good at two things: doing nothing and overreacting." —J.L.
  • "There's not a great sense to defend the sector like in the past. There's more cynicism." —J.L.
  • "We have to be so strong within ourselves and within the sector because if you go to Google right now there are 400-500 stories on charity fraud." —J.L.
  • "Saving the charitable tax deduction was good news, but it just hit the pause button. It will come up again." —J.L.
  • "There's a sense in the corporate world that giving is important, but sector uncertainty on giving, the financial crisis, the fiscal cliff are still affecting growth." —J.M.
  • "Always communicate with foundation partners — the good and the bad. We always are in touch with grantees and potential grantees. There's no excuse for no communication. We want real-time communication, more communication, not less." —T.M.
  • "The continued sluggish growth in the economy is affecting donors, but there will be more donations." —J.M.
  • "If you could figure out the economy, you could make lots of money. It's a crapshoot. But generally in slow growth, people are very cautious about spending. If you can't control revenue, you can control expenses." —T.M.
  • "We don't see the revenue growth that we'd like to see, so corporations cut back. That's the environment we're in, and it will affect corporate philanthropy. There will be no huge growth. It's a period of instability, insecurity and caution." —T.M.
  • "Our giving will remain flat. As a friend of mine says, 'flat is the new up.' We're hoping to grow." —T.M.
  • "We need to open the dialogue about the sector as a whole." —J.L.
  • "You can always be an advocate. Keep contact with your legislators and councils. Fundraisers are best suited for advocacy because it comes down to two things: building relationships and building a case for support." —J.L.
  • "Government needs your input. If it works in a vacuum, there are unintended consequences. This is an opportunity to come to the table, and you can do it directly or indirectly. Make your voices heard — government wants to hear from you and needs to hear from you. Give them dollars and data, but also give them your stories." —J.L.
  • "There is growing philanthropy abroad, especially in China and India. Keep an eye out on that." —J.M.
  • "Global philanthropy is affecting U.S. nonprofits' ability to attract money because corporations are increasing contributions to organizations outside the U.S. More than half of the employees at American Express are outside the U.S., and we tend to give where our employees are. The squeeze on U.S. funding is happening and accelerating as more business is conducted outside the U.S." —T.M.
  • "Every fundraiser should look at their organization's 990. As advisors, we go to GuideStar and check that out. The new 990 has a lot more narrative components to it, so check it out. It's something simple organizations can do." —J.M.
  • "Yes, the 990 is critically important." —T.M.

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