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Donor-Advised Funds: My View as a Fundraiser AND a Donor

Posted by Jack Doyle on 2/28/19 8:41 AM

What are donor-advised funds (DAF)? 

Well, donor-advised funds are a popular choice for donors to give to their favorite charities. Tax deductions can be taken as soon as a donor puts money into a DAF, and the fund can grow until the donor decides where the money should go.

As an experiment, I tracked the donor stewardship practices of 16 of the top 25 charities for Fidelity Charitable donors, for over a year. I sent in my own $100 grants via my Fidelity Charitable account and tracked what kind of acknowledgements and follow up communications I received. (None of these organizations are NCDC members.)

Here’s a quick breakdown of my expectations and my observations.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Trends in fundraising, Annual Conference

Stewards of Mission: What It Means and Why It Matters

Posted by Dawn M.S. Miller, CFRE on 8/29/18 8:33 AM

“Fundraising is a very concrete way to help the Kingdom of God come about.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising

Stewards of mission: What does that mean as fundraisers? Yes, we need to keep our missions in the center of all we do. Everything else flows from mission, right? That’s our guiding light, our north star, our EVERYTHING.

As stewards of mission, leaders must be actively involved with mission advancement efforts. At some organizations, that means at least 50 percent of a leader’s time is spent cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors. Fundraisers can’t, and shouldn’t, do it alone.

So, how can fundraising professionals continually engage organizational leaders for the greater good of the mission and work together? For most of us, it all begins with the “golden triangle” of fundraising.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Catholic Fundraising Resources, Annual Conference

7 Mobile Fundraising Best Practices for Catholic Nonprofits

Posted by Dianne Kleber on 8/24/18 8:47 AM


Just like everything else in this futuristic world, the fundraising industry becomes more high-tech every day. From online donation portals to text-to-give platforms, nonprofit organizations — big and small — are using mobile fundraising technology to raise more for their efforts.

To help your organization get involved with this trend, we are offering some best practices on how to get the most out of mobile bidding technology at your next event.

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Topics: Donor Development, Annual Conference

Mission-First Philosophy is Changing Catholic Philanthropy — Here’s How

Posted by Sarah O. Hanley on 8/20/18 12:16 PM

Working towards the growth and sustainability of Catholic institutions is a concept you’re likely quite familiar with.

As many parishes struggle, convents cease to exist, and Mass attendance dwindles, it has become apparent that what Catholic entities need now is an approach to fundraising that has never been done before — an approach that will not only preserve our Catholic institutions but sustain them for future generations.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Annual Conference

Unpacking the Value of Incorporating Multi-Channel Messaging

Posted by Corinne Servily on 8/15/18 9:13 AM

The most successful and robust fundraising programs are ones that: 1) create an engaging experience through multiple channels and 2) build a relationship with donors both online and offline.

With many direct mail donors turning to online channels that offer fast and secure payment processors, direct mail is considered one of the largest drivers for online donations. Most studies show that one of the top five reasons a donor gives an online gift is because they are prompted by a direct mail appeal. We have also found that donors who receive communications across multiple touch-points respond with more gifts throughout the year and contribute more revenue overall than donors who only receive siloed communications.

Let’s take a look at how to most effectively engage your donors with multichannel, consistent messaging.

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Topics: Donor Development, Annual Conference