4 Cool Alumni Fundraising Ideas to Get You through the Dog Days of Summer
Posted on 07-31-2018 by Lindsey Lambert

The sun is shining. The swimming pool beckons. But vacation season does not change your fundraising goals. So, how do you maintain your momentum when the distractions of summer are making your alumni donors tune out? Use these helpful tips for enhancing your alumni engagement efforts. Conduct an... Read More

Finding Donors Like A Pro- 5 Things You Haven’t Considered in Your Current Research Plan
Posted on 07-13-2018 by Lindsey Lambert

When it comes to finding new donors for your university or non-profit, it's important to look beyond your alumni and current donor base and dig deeper into your community, special interest groups, corporations and partnerships. But where do you start? THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX Your research... Read More

5 Steps Non-Profits Can Take To Ensure A Successful Crowdfunding Campaign
Posted on 06-20-2018 by Lindsey Lambert

Crowdfunding is one of the biggest and most effective ways of raising money, with users turning to the platform in order to fund everything from business ventures to holidays to life-saving surgery. However, the rising popularity of crowdfunding as a method for reaching out to potential donors is a double... Read More

How Charities Can Maximize Micro-Donations
Posted on 06-07-2018 by Lindsey Lambert

Micro-donations are now one of the main pillars of modern fundraising, and were considered to be a major disruption to the nonprofit landscape when they started to become prominent. US presidential elections have seen micro-donations account for increasing proportions of funds on a termly basis, while... Read More

Rise in Donations Means Universities Need First-Class Due Diligence
Posted on 02-23-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Universities in the United States received a record $43.6 billion in donations from individuals, companies and organisations in 2017. But recent scandals show that universities must not neglect due diligence on the source of these donations. Top marks for university fundraisers 2017 was... Read More

The 5 Nonprofit Trends That Dominated 2017
Posted on 01-18-2018 by Lindsey Lambert

This time last year, Forbes declared that 2017 would be defined by technology across industries. This proved to be a very accurate projection, and the nonprofit sector was no exception. In twelve months, nonprofits have positioned technology to be central to their operations, and as we go through 2018... Read More

Will These 3 Fundraising Trends Stick Around in 2018?
Posted on 12-27-2017 by susan.lawson-dawson@lexisnexis.com

The year is winding down, but for non-profits and universities, the planning for 2018 fundraising has already begun. Understanding trends and challenges can enable you to drive engagement more efficiently and effectively. Before we start predicting what trends will impact development professionals next... Read More

Start 2018 Strong With Optimal Record Updates
Posted on 12-21-2017 by Lindsey Lambert

Every good prospect researcher knows that getting the most out of donors relies heavily on having their databases full of accurate and up to date information. So much time can be wasted chasing dead leads, and loyal donors can be lost if an outdated phone number or email address causes you to lose contact... Read More

Four Strategies to Meet Your Year-End Fundraising Goals
Posted on 12-15-2017 by Lindsey Lambert

Everybody in the fundraising world knows the importance of December in any nonprofit campaign, but especially when it comes to year-end goals. The majority of donations are made in the last month of the year, and so using this to the advantage of your campaign to give it that extra boost before bringing... Read More

4 Ways to Maximize the Season of Giving For Prospect Researchers
Posted on 12-06-2017 by Lindsey Lambert

Fundraising and donations during the holidays are big business - it’s not called the Season of Giving for nothing! Extending out of old religious traditions of helping the poor at Christmas time and reaching into the 21st century, people still feel particularly motivated to make a difference at... Read More

6 Ways To Keep the Donations Coming Post #GivingTuesday
Posted on 11-27-2017 by Lindsey Lambert

With #GivingTuesday coming to a close tomorrow, you may think the opportunity to capitalize on this day will pass when the clock strikes midnight, but efforts don’t need to end on November 28th. The last three months of the year, as many studies have found, are the most charitable, with research... Read More

Why You Should Ditch Black Friday & Upgrade To #GivingTuesday
Posted on 11-22-2017 by Lindsey Lambert

Every year after Thanksgiving comes to an end and families gear up for Christmas, the Black Friday frenzy begins. Traditionally the busiest shopping weekend of the year, retailers discount their hottest must have items and shoppers brave the crowds by the millions. In 2016, 137 million people grabbed... Read More

Is Your Non-Profit Reaching for Stellar, Quality Donors?
Posted on 09-12-2017 by Korinne Bressler

Are you reaching for the stars? Yes... the stars. And by stars, we mean star donors. The donors that will help you exceed your yearly fundraising goals. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics , there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the US alone- each... Read More

7 Non-Profit Trends To Watch in 2017
Posted on 03-29-2017 by Anna Stevens

The non-profit and fundraising worlds had a strong and successful year in 2016 but now the question is, will this trend continue into 2017? With so much change occurring in the new year Andrew Payne , director of product marketing and product management at Abila noted, “The volatility of the economy... Read More

5 Nonprofit Fundraising Challenges and Trends in 2017
Posted on 01-17-2017 by Kari Abitbol

On the heels of a generous 2015, charitable giving grew another 4.1 percent in 2016—and those in the know predict 4.3 percent growth in 2017. How can you ensure that your university or nonprofit organization gets a piece of the projected pie? Staying engaged with your current donors and identifying... Read More

5 Key Millennial Trends During Election Years
Posted on 12-16-2016 by Janelle Coates

As Millennials grow to become the largest living generation, the donor focus of nonprofit organizations will begin to shift away from the reigning population champs, the Baby Boomers. Nonprofits must begin to perceive the significance of the needs and wants of this new population majority in order to... Read More

Top 10 Giving Tuesday Tips
Posted on 11-22-2016 by Janelle Coates

Many nonprofits, foundations and universities are readying to participate in Giving Tuesday , a global day of giving celebrated on November 29 this year. A 24-hour social media campaign to elicit end-of-year charitable donations, Giving Tuesday is timed to follow the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber... Read More

Why wealth screenings – and prospect researchers – are so reliant on real estate
Posted on 11-18-2016 by Kari Abitbol

Guest authored by Helen Brown, president of the Helen Brown Group Originally published via HelenBrownGroup.com Here’s the complaint I hear frequently about wealth screenings, prospect research, and real estate: Knowing what our prospect holds in real estate is useless! She’s never going... Read More

Top 10 Tips for #GivingTuesday Success
Posted on 11-15-2016 by Janelle Coates

Guest written by: John Haydon Co-Authored by: Kari Abitbol #GivingTuesday , a global day of giving fueled by social media, is growing in popularity as a major opportunity for nonprofits to capitalize on the generous spirit of the holiday season. Timed to contrast the commercialization of Black... Read More

3 Trends Nonprofits Should Keep in Mind for Millennial and Gen X Donors
Posted on 10-20-2016 by Kari Abitbol

The world of fundraising is rapidly evolving along with the demographics of donor prospects. You may or may not be surprised to learn that Millennials and Gen Xers now constitute more than two-thirds of the U.S. workforce . Though estimates suggest that Millennials won’t take the lead with charitable... Read More

5 Strategic Prospect Research & Fundraising Trends for Nonprofits
Posted on 09-28-2016 by Janelle Coates

Co-authored by Kari Abitbol Last week, LexisNexis teamed up with a prospect research duo from The Helen Brown Group for a webinar presentation featuring key insights about the current fundraising climate trends. Elizabeth Roma , assistant director of research, and Rachel Dakarian , research associate... Read More

9 Tips for Boosting Non-Profit Fundraising
Posted on 08-22-2016 by Kari Abitbol

“Americans are embracing philanthropy at a higher level than ever before,” said Giving USA Foundation Chair W. Keith Curtis in a statement accompanying the release of the Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015 in June. The report also notes that giving in 2015... Read More