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Has a Bequest Boom Begun?

Posted September 1st, 2014

by Robert F. Sharpe, Jr.  Giving USA’s recent report shows a rebound in bequest giving in 2013 after a period of stagnant or even negative growth during and immediately after the Great Recession. What caused the recent decline and will bequest gifts continue to be a reliable source of giving in the near future? In …Read More

Webster University’s International Appeal

Posted September 1st, 2014

  Ken Nickless is director of gift planning at Webster University in St. Louis. Now an international university with campuses on four continents, Webster has come a long way from its inception nearly a century ago. Here Mr. Nickless shares the story of Webster’s growth, its global presence and the special challenges and opportunities he …Read More

November 15 Is National Philanthropy Day. What’s Your Plan?

Posted September 1st, 2014

Five Things to Do on National Philanthropy Day 1. Call or visit your top donors to say thank you. 2. Send a special thank you letter to your top donors and enclose information to help them plan future gifts. See www.SHARPEnet.com/publications for ideas. 3. Consider referencing National Philanthropy Day in any appeals planned for October …Read More

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