NonProfit News and Information

Here at Goettler Associates, we are continuously watching developments in the philanthropic marketplace, reviewing new research studies, reading trade publications, and scouring blogs and the internet. The quantity of available information is a little overwhelming at times, so we though we’d share the NonProfit News That Matters most.

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Category: Opinion

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What’s Your Number? …for donor retention

Category: News & Information
Do you know your donor retention numbers?  If you don't know your number, then you probably don't realize that all your hard work to acquire new donors is not having the impact on your organization that you thought it might.  Here is another, yes yet another, article on the importance of donor retention.  If you are not looking...

Donors are becoming more concerned with quantifiable outcomes

Category: News & Information
Our take-away from this article may be quite different from that of the typical reader at the Economist. This article is of interest because it articulates an evolving trend with a reportedly growing number of donors. A new generation of donors are now hyper-focused on demonstrable outcomes and results. Great! Understanding the needs of donors is c...

Leadership development tips for Fundraisers

Category: Fund Raising
Development Officers and Fundraisers are leaders.  Whether or not your job title and description list leadership as a requirement within your organizations - rest assured that volunteers, donors and other colleagues look to you as a leader.  That's why the headline of this article at the Harvard Business Review grabbed our interest.  Upon consid...

Sage Advice on Charity Golf Outings

Category: News & Information
I absolutely love this post from Guidestar by Tom King on the special event golf outing. This article quickly dispels many false claims about special events, helps to set some reasonable expectations of success, and emphasizes the importance of early planning.  Why is this article timely, as the summer season is winding down and we approach the fi...

Start planning now for Year-end Appeals

Category: News & Information
This post at Forbes.com challenges development officers to rethink the herd-mentality that we see so often in our society today.  Mr. Watson also urges those of us engaged in philanthropy that "fundraising is competition, philanthropy is a marketplace."   If you are not thinking strategically and planning for your year-end appeal now, rest assur...

Similarities between Crowdfunding and Major Gift Pitfalls

Category: News & Information
This opinion piece caught our eye . . . as it is interesting how similar these "crowdfunding fails" are to the prescription for a failed capital or major gifts campaign.  Some of the terminology is a little different, but consider how a comparison between the importance of a video to crowdfunding can be made to the importance of a strong and defen...

Adopt a strengths-based approach to development . . .

Category: Opinion
This article from Forbes.com, and is an excellent argument for adopting a strengths-based approach to leadership development.  This approach is more than appropriate for nonprofit organizations, for the growth and advancement of staff, and for our own careers.  Our firm has adopted this approach to the advancement and improvement of an organizati...

Questions I'm Most Often Asked about Winning Foundation Grants

Category: LinkedIn Articles
This is a helpful article found at GuideStar.org with sage advice for seeking foundation grants.  Too often in the rush of the development officers daily life, one can forget to take a step back to consider these grant writing guidelines and best practices.   Questions I'm Most Often Asked about Winning Foundation Grants by Martin Tei...

Handsome Is as Handsome Gives

Category: LinkedIn Articles
We celebrate National Philanthropy Day in Central Ohio today.  This opinion piece, by Arthur Brooks appearing in today's Wall Street Journal, is an appropriate reminder of the truly exceptional impact that the Third Sector has on our country, our communities, and even on those of us who actively participates in philanthropy.   Donors to ch...

Treat donors as shareholders to develop a loyal, invested giving base

Category: LinkedIn Articles
Here is an opinion piece that we thought worthy of sharing.  We have often used the investment analogy to frame the major gifts equation.  Mr. Shaw has picked up on another aspect of this concept in his  article.  We might add two additional points:  1) considering donors as shareholders can be very effective if the organization recognizes tha...

Everything Old is New Again

Category: News & Information
I appreciate the perspective that Jay Frost expresses in this article, as he strikes a rational balance between respect for our industry's well-established best practices with the explosion and exuberance for fund raising with new social media techniques.   Everything Old  is New Again by Jay Frost New parents are rightly amazed by ev...

Maintain Your Curiosity To Become A Better Listener

Category: News & Information
We found some sage advice in this article from Andrew Olsen (spotted on LinkedIn) that listening is in fact one of the most important skills that fund raisers must develop. We'd argue that fund raisers need to first maintain a genuine curiosity about people and what their interests are to become good listeners.  We call this process: maintaining ...

About High Fundraising Costs: It’s Complicated

Category: News & Information
The following editorial appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Excellent topic.  On a related issue and another one of pet peeves is the nonprofit executive that suggests 100% of a donors gift will go directly to programs. . . .     July 8, 2013 About High Fundraising Costs: It’s Complicated By Jeff Schreifels T...