• Political Candidates and Charitable Giving

    Political Candidates and Charitable Giving

    February 8, 2018

    The silly season is upon us.  Yes, we’re neck deep in the 2016 presidential election cycle. My favorite thing to do this time of year (other than enjoy the summer sunshine) is to search presidential tax returns to see which candidates are most generous.  This is often a telling exercise as most candidates are quick […]

  • Big or Small?  What’s the Right Choice for a Young Fundraiser?

    Big or Small? What’s the Right Choice for a Young Fundraiser?

    February 8, 2018

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently ran an article discussing the pros and cons of working for a large nonprofit vs. a small nonprofit.  The article was particularly focused on the career of the development professional and asked which career path was the best choice for a young fundraiser.  I read the article with interest as […]

  • Motivating More Giving

    Motivating More Giving

    February 8, 2018

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that one third of wealthy donors volunteered that they could have made more gifts than they did last year.  What held them back?  A variety of things.  These donors said they would likely give more if charities did the following: Could demonstrate an extraordinary need (22%) Could show a reduction […]

  • Do This Before Making a Charitable Gift

    Do This Before Making a Charitable Gift

    February 8, 2018

    As the holiday season approaches, many Americans are considering which charities they might support this year.  With limited resources, it’s important that we all make good decisions with our charitable funds.  Before giving to a charity, consider taking a few easy steps to ensure that your gift will be put to good use: Make sure […]

  • Year End Giving with WZZM

    Year End Giving with WZZM

    February 8, 2018

    WZZM was kind enough to invite me to talk about year end giving with them recently. Check it out. WZZM Interview

  • Grand Rapids Business Journal Profile

    Grand Rapids Business Journal Profile

    February 8, 2018

    I was fortunate to be interviewed by the Grand Rapids Business Journal for their “Inside Track” feature this week.  Thanks to them for the nice article and their ongoing coverage of nonprofits in West Michigan. The link for the story is: http://www.grbj.com/articles/86754-inside-track-marriage-leads-to-career-break Any success I have is the result of the support of many others. […]

  • Simple Way to Increase Donor Retention

    Simple Way to Increase Donor Retention

    February 8, 2018

    Donor retention is the holy grail of fundraising.  Each year, every nonprofit loses donors…and those lost donors are much more costly and time consuming to replace than those that could be retained. There are many factors that influence donor retention, but a recent experiment unveiled a very simple way to help increase retention.  The answer? […]

  • The Coming Battle Over Endowments

    The Coming Battle Over Endowments

    February 8, 2018

    In recent years, members of Congress have begun questioning the size of endowments of some of the nation’s most prominent colleges and universities.  For example, Harvard University has the nation’s largest endowment, which (based on 2015 figures) now tops $36 billion. Unlike private foundations, which must distribute 5% of their assets each year, there is […]

  • How Does Your Giving Compare to America’s Richest Donors?

    How Does Your Giving Compare to America’s Richest Donors?

    February 8, 2018

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently took the list of America’s top ten wealthiest people and compared it to their giving.  Here are the top five: Bill Gates Net worth: $81 billion.  Wealth directed to charity: 22% Warren Buffett: Net worth: $65 billion.  Wealth directed to charity: 71% Michael Bloomberg: Net worth: $45 billion.  Wealth directed to charity: […]

  • Top Charities Saw Big Gains In 2016

    Top Charities Saw Big Gains In 2016

    February 8, 2018

    The Chronicle of Philanthropy just released their latest ranking of America’s most successful charities with regard to fundraising.  Here’s the top five members of the 2016 Philanthropy 400: Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund ($4 billion raised) The United Way ($3.5 billion raised) Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund ($3.2 billion raised) Task Force for Global Health ($3.2 billion raised) Feeding America […]