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QCDs: Five questions your donor may be asking
QCDs: Five questions your donor may be asking
As you review your donor lists and plan 2024 cultivation activities, pay particular attention to donors you know are over the age of 70 ½. That's because these donors are eligible to make what's known as a "Qualified Charitable Distribution," or "QCD," to...
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Back to basics: An endowment refresher course
Back to basics: An endowment refresher course
More often than not, boards of directors of nonprofit organizations are made up of business and community leaders who are not typically embedded in the day-to-day operations of charitable organizations. That's why it's important to focus on continuous...
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It's never too early to plant seeds for planned giving
It's never too early to plant seeds for planned giving
Millennials and Generation Z are already focused on retirement, and 30% of them are setting their sights on becoming millionaires to achieve their goals. What this means for you and other charitable organizations is that it's likely a smart move to expand...
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How business owner donors can help build your endowment
How business owner donors can help build your endowment
If you've not reviewed your donor lists recently to identify which donors own their own businesses, now may be a good time to do just that. Business owners make great donors, not only because they understand how hard it is to build and grow an organization,...
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Looks good on paper: Direct mail to grow your endowment
Looks good on paper: Direct mail to grow your endowment
As a nonprofit, two constants you likely face are (1) more demand for your services and (2) rising operating costs. Fundraising can help satisfy the "more demand" part of this equation, but that typically requires more budget, which means more marketing...
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Important messages to encourage charitable giving
Important messages to encourage charitable giving
The news about charitable giving's decline in 2022 is everywhere. Your donors are no doubt seeing it, too. To help you navigate these challenging times, here are a few suggestions for key messages you can deploy in your communications this fall. You'll note...
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Understanding the personality types of your donors
Understanding the personality types of your donors
As you talk with your donors about the possibility of making a gift to your endowment fund at the community foundation, it's helpful to take a step back and consider your approach. Each donor's reasons for giving to your endowment fund will be a little...
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Summer giving trends
Summer giving trends
Here's a quick overview of some current giving trends: Giving at check out Yes, fundraising is a numbers game, and you have to make a lot of asks to reach your goals, But it's possible to take it too far, as some charities are learning when they dip into the...
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