The Donor Recognition Test

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 17, 2014

My wife and I recently received a 5 x 7 envelope from a prominent Philadelphia-area nonprofit.  Inside was a certificate of recognition printed on substantial, light green paper. Written on the certificate was an appreciation of thanks to my wife and me for supporting the agency for ten consecutive years.

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Israel and the Day School Affordability Crisis

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Mar 06, 2014

“Don’t worry America, Israel is behind you.” The popular t-shirt bearing this slogan usually features a print of an F-16 jet and is ubiquitous at souvenir shops along Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda Street. How’s this for a new slogan, “Don’t worry overburdened American Jewish parents, the government of Israel will help fund your children’s Jewish day school education.”

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Donor Driven Philanthropy

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 20, 2014

“He who pays the piper gets to call the tune.” This old proverb has nearly always been true, except of course, when it has not. Sometimes, the piper just goes ahead and plays what he thinks people want or need to hear.

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Don’t Let Your Gifts Rest on a “House of Cards”

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Feb 19, 2014

Would you accept a gift from Frank Underwood?  Does your organization have policies in place regarding gift acceptance and naming rights?

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Fourteen Fundraising Strategies for 2014

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Dec 04, 2013

As we ease into the final weeks of 2013, let’s look ahead and learn from our experiences this year. Along with so many others, we assert that success in a slow-but-recovering economy requires reinvigorated visions, creative ideas, and updated strategies. 

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Top Three Tips for #GivingTuesday 2013

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Oct 08, 2013

What is #GivingTuesday?  How can your organization tap into this growing phenomenon?  Find out three keys to a successful #GivingTuesday.

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Three Ways to Put Passion into Your Annual Appeal

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Sep 03, 2013

Every organization has an annual appeal.  How can you make yours stand out?

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Facebook for Nonprofits

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Aug 01, 2013

The do’s and dont’s of Facebook.  Should your nonprofit have a presence? 

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Key Trends in Giving USA

Written by Robert Evans | Posted on Jun 18, 2013

What are the major charitable giving trends and what do they mean for your organization?  Robert Evans breaks down the results of the 2012 Giving USA report. 

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