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Relationship – Building Works With All Donors

Posted August 1st, 2008

This month Give & Take talks with Charles Thomas, director of planned giving for Villanova University in Pennsylvania. An avid golfer and lifelong Red Sox fan, Mr. Thomas explains his philosophy of fund development and why building strong relationships with donors is key at any organization. G&T: How did you come to work in the …Read More

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine – and the Reverse can be True, Too

Posted August 1st, 2008

In 2007, many fundraisers developed strategies, plans, and goals for 2008. Those plans were made against the backdrop of a record year for giving in America ($306 billion), a year when household wealth hit an all-time high ($58 trillion), along with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (at 14,165). Since then, 2008 has seen the subprime …Read More

The Sky is Falling …Again

Posted August 1st, 2008

In late June, Giving USA Foundation reported record levels of giving for 2007. While nonprofit management and volunteers welcomed this announcement, the sobering realities of 2008 now draw our attention. Whenever the word “recession” hangs in the air, commentators inevitably begin predicting lean times for fund raising. History shows that these predictions often come from …Read More

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