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Posted August 10th, 2016

The Importance of Planned Gift Recognition Societies

Is your organization honoring those who have committed to an ultimate gift? Those who inform you of their gift commitments are a very special group. They have set themselves apart and are demonstrating to you that they want to be recognized for their gifts during their lifetime. This increased level of dedication may be the reason why studies have… read more

Posted July 5th, 2016

Age Around the World

While the United States has more people over the age of 100 than any other country in the world, it does not have the oldest population. In fact, a number of other developed nations have “older” populations, including many European countries. But it may be instructive to examine Japan for some clues about what increased longevity and an aging population may… read more

Posted July 5th, 2016

2015 Marked a Record Year for Philanthropy

By Barlow Mann A look at what Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015 means for nonprofits. According to the recently released Giving USA 2016: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2015, estimated charitable contributions reached a new high of $373 billion. The Annual Report on Philanthropy reports charitable gifts from individuals, estates, foundations and corporations. Whether measured in… read more

Posted July 5th, 2016

Plan Now for the Busiest Giving Season of the Year

Fundraisers know that the final three months of the year are often the busiest. Recent studies have indicated that many nonprofits receive up to half of their gifts between October and December (see “’Tis the Season to Give,” Give & Take, November 2015). Keeping this in mind, mark your calendar now with the following opportunities to educate and motivate your donors before… read more

Posted July 5th, 2016

A Consultant’s Approach: Why Is Consistency Important in Planned Giving Communications?

By Katherine George Stewardship When encouraging estate and other planned gifts, establishing and maintaining a strong relationship with your donors is critical. One of the cornerstones to stewarding that relationship is consistent communication. Subjective timing Donors are often spurred to make or revise their estate plans by life events that can happen any day of the year. By… read more

Posted July 5th, 2016

Three Interesting Things I’ve Learned From Writing Donor Stories

by Ashley McHugh A Sharpe Group writer and editor shares some of what she’s learned over nearly two decades of interviewing donors and writing their stories. Over the course of my 19-year career as a writer and editor for Sharpe Group, I’ve had the honor and privilege to interview hundreds of planned giving donors and write stories about them… read more

Posted June 1st, 2016

Higher Education Hits Highs in 2015

While the official national numbers of record have not yet been released, every early indication predicts that overall giving in America was up again for 2015. See also 2015 Charitable Giving Report at the end of this article. The Giving USA report for charitable giving in America should be available in a few weeks, but in the meantime another… read more

Posted June 1st, 2016

Charitable Gift Annuities – A Primer

Questions and Answers about a popular gift vehicle. In recent years, a growing number of charities have begun to offer charitable gift annuities as a component of their major and planned gift development programs. According to the most recent survey conducted by the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA), 20 percent of organizations issuing gift annuities had been doing so for… read more

Posted May 1st, 2016

How to Create a Professional Advisors Committee

A well-run Professional Advisors Committee can benefit the charitable organization. Here’s how and why you may wish to have one at your organization. Over the years, we have seen all sorts of Professional Advisors Committees (PACs) formed to support a variety of planned gift development efforts. Some have worked quite well while others have, in retrospect, been more effort… read more

Posted May 1st, 2016

How Long Will You Live?

Average life expectancies don’t tell the whole story when considering the length of one’s life. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average life expectancy in the United States is 78.8 years. While that is the average, the simple fact is that the older you are, the longer you are likely to live. Data compiled by the Social… read more

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