Alumni Giving Is Down, But Does It Matter?

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 16, 2015

Donations to educational institutions are at an all time high, but the rate of alumni giving has begun to fall. Should institutions care if they are already raking in huge donations? 

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Jobs, Gates and How Philanthropy Shapes Their Legacies

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 16, 2015

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were born in the same year and each became synonymous with the digital revolution. Who, ultimately, will history deem the more important figure? Will Gates’ embrace of philanthropy push him over the top? 

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Ask the Fundraising Experts:

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Question: What happens if a much-anticipated lead gift never materializes? How can a campaign recover?

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Five Fundraising Steps for Houses of Worship

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 04, 2015

American philanthropy may be surging, but giving to houses of worship is lagging. What steps can houses of worship take to achieve fundraising success in a still challenging environment?

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With Tax Code Changes Looming, Nonprofits Must Speak Up

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 26, 2015

In the past, many nonprofits have been afraid to advocate politically. While no one is suggesting nonprofits step into the partisan fray, nonprofit leaders must make their voices heard on legislation and policy proposals that directly impact charitable giving. 

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$1 Million Gifts to Jewish Oranganizations

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 23, 2015

It is no secret that many of the wealthiest American Jews allocate the bulk of their philanthropic dollars to worthy, but not specifically, Jewish causes. By reviewing a list of $1 million donations made in 2014, Robert Evans examines this trend but tries to get beyond it by asking a different question: Is the Jewish community adequately trumping and celebrating its biggest gifts?

 
Also seen on ejewishphilanthropy.com.
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Robert Evans Quoted in the Chicago Tribune

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Spotlight on #Giving Tuesday and Online Giving

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 10, 2015

The Giving Institute’s new spotlight report on #GivingTuesday demonstrates the growth of the social media and philanthropic phenomenon. However, for the campaign to reach its full potential, more nonprofits needs to sign up and start planning right away.

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Turning a No into a Yes: The Importance of Pre-Campaign Assessments

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 10, 2015

The author recounts one of the most difficult, tense meetings of his professional life. But all is well that ends well. The turning of an opponent to a supporter of a particular project demonstrates the value of Pre-Campaign Assessments, an essential fact finding effort that should precede any major fundraising initiative. 

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Ask the Fundraising Experts:

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 02, 2015

Question: An irate donor is tired of being solicited a dozen or more times a year by the same organization. Is that donor right to be upset? How should a nonprofit respond to this complaint?

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