Brick wall indicating getting a no from prospective donor, but push through that disappointment to get to a donor yes and fundraising gift
Brick wall indicating getting a no from prospective donor, but push through that disappointment to get to a donor yes and fundraising gift
Dealing with disappointment

For every fundraising professional, failure is inevitable—and surmountable, and even beneficial. To mature as a fundraiser, you should see disappointment as an opportunity to grow.

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Motivation is worthless

Passion is all well and good, but when it comes to fulfilling your mission, professional discipline is key.

Cover of Cal Newport's book Slow Productivity covering importance of deep work in fundraising
Slow Productivity in action

In his new book, Cal Newport emphasizes the importance and impact of slowing down at work.

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“None to Make Him Afraid”: America’s Central Promise Broken by Antisemitism Run Amok

Why is it that so much of the deep-seated disdain for Jews, masquerading as hatred for Israel, is nurtured in the labs of nonprofit institutions?

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Banks have no business advising individual philanthropy

Big banks know no more about philanthropy than they do about making toast. They shouldn’t be advising customers on either.

Death of a snow day

Snow days may be a thing of the past as “work from home” and “virtual learning” become more common across the country.

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Since 2020, foundations have poured nearly $17 billion into grants earmarked for racial equity. But have those dollars achieved the intended outcomes?

Do you want your donors' information in a public database?

The IRS is careless with donors’ data, but philanthropists are working to spur legal decisions and legislation that force the agency to get serious about taxpayer privacy.

Leveraging giving trends for your nonprofit in 2024

In a one-hour webinar, three experts on giving unpacked three key giving trends and how nonprofits can use them to guide their fundraising in 2024. Here are the key takeaways from that hour.

How early retirees can plan for philanthropy

A financial plan for early retirement should include a concrete strategy for ongoing philanthropic involvement.

Gen Z Career Choices and STEM Education

A recent Gallup survey sheds light on Gen Z attitudes and exposure to STEM education, and how donors can factor this information into their giving decisions.