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How Small Nonprofits can Benefit from the NCDC Conference

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 7/27/18 8:36 AM

For 50 years, the NCDC Conference and Exposition has been the leading opportunity for organizations and individuals to connect with one another in the context of fundraising as a ministry. Our attendees come from religious organizations across the United States and around the world, and they collectively raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually to support Catholic missions.

But not all of the attendees come from large organizations with endless resources. In fact, many come from development offices of fewer than three employees. If you are heading to NCDC this year from a small nonprofit, there are many ways that you can benefit from all that is offered.

Discover these helpful suggestions for how you can increase the success of your fundraising campaigns without increasing your staff.

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Topics: Conference, Catholic Fundraising Resources

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

Posted by Jack Doyle on 7/16/18 9:56 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.

Since February, I’ve been tracking the donor stewardship practices of 16 of the top 25 charities for Fidelity Charitable donors. I sent in my own $100 grants via my Fidelity Charitable account and have been tracking what kind of acknowledgements I receive, as well as follow up communications. (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

Adjust, Adapt, Advance: How and Why Nonprofits Should Embrace Innovation

Posted by Chad McEachern and Susan Raymond, Ph.D. on 7/9/18 9:47 AM

Nonprofits that are successful are successful for a reason.

Sometimes it’s affiliation with the rich and famous. Sometimes it’s nostalgia. Sometimes it’s luck. But most times, it’s because nonprofits are good at what they do and are good at communicating that to those who fund them.

Time, however, can erode this equation. Times change. Needs change. People change. Nonprofits are often not good at change. They are good at what they do, and usually, that is what they have done for some time. The problem is that the world is, in fact changing, and donors are, in fact, changing. This presents not two problems, but three problems:

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Trends in fundraising

GDPR for Catholic Nonprofits: What Europe's New Data Law Means for Catholic Nonprofits

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 5/8/18 1:00 PM

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU legislation to protect data, will go into effect on May 25. The GDPR applies to any business or organization that offer goods or services or collects data from residents in the EU, regardless if they are for-profit or not-for-profit entities.

While NCDC cannot provide legal guidance on this issue, we feel it is critical for Catholic fundraisers to understand the scope and impact this policy will have on any organization that maintains personal data.

We aren't in Europe. Why do we need to worry about this?

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Topics: Donor Development, Catholic Fundraising Resources, Online Giving

Tax Reform: What Now for Catholic Fundraisers?

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 1/17/18 2:41 PM

With the December 2017 passing of tax reform legislation, Catholic fundraisers are undoubtedly looking at a new environment for giving in 2018. But the foremost question is: how and to what extent will tax reform affect giving to our missions?

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Topics: Donor Development, Catholic Fundraising Resources

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