Friday Update: Emerging fundraising trends

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Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week, some great articles on emerging fundraising trends such as using digital fundraising tactics and hacking your organization for growth.

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Spotlight: Explore emerging fundraising trends at our conference

The Digital Philanthropy and Millennial Engagement Conference will feature sessions on the latest digital fundraising tactics

We’re gearing up for another great Digital Philanthropy and Millennial Engagement Conference to help you amplify your digital engagement and young alumni outreach efforts. Join us in Denver to bring your fundraising program to the next level. Register today and learn new ways to engage your donor base.

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Friday Update: Major major gifts

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week, some great articles from the major gifts and campaign world.

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Spotlight: What gift officers say about productivity

With growing expectations and rising costs, big dollar major gifts are being seen as a key to long-term funding success. How can your institution discover more major gifts and planned gifts when resources are tight and turnover is a growing concern? Join us for the release of one of the largest surveys ever of major and planned gift officers. You’ll be one of the first to hear the results!

Register for this first-of-its-kind look at the major opportunities—and obstacles—gift officers face when working to secure transformational gifts.

Major gifts webinar

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Friday Update: Data-driven fundraising

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week, some great articles on using data-driven fundraising to propel results.

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Spotlight: Data-driven fundraising

Webinar on data-driven fundraising

Join us for a webinar with RNL’s Josh Robertson and Caryn Stein to find out how understanding your donor data can help you dramatically improve your fundraising results. We’ll discuss key ways to use data-driven fundraising to optimize your campaigns. Register today for this action-oriented tactical webinar.

 

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Friday Update: Phonathon success

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week, some great articles on fundraising tactics for telefund and phonathon success.

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Phonathon success strategies

Spotlight: Learn the latest tactics for phonathon success

2017 Phonathon Workshops

Join us in Denver for the annual RNL Phonathon Managers Workshop and CAMPUSCALL Workshop. You’ll learn how to maximize phonathon response and return on investment, and find out what the best programs are doing to power this crucial personal engagement channel.

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Friday Update: Digital engagement

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week, some great articles on using digital fundraising tactics, including peer-to-peer engagement.

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Spotlight: Learn the latest digital fundraising tactics

The Digital Philanthropy and Millennial Engagement Conference will feature sessions on the latest digital fundraising tactics

We’re gearing up for another great Digital Philanthropy and Millennial Engagement Conference to help you amplify your digital engagement and young alumni outreach efforts. Join us in Denver to bring your fundraising program to the next level. Register today and learn new ways to engage your donor base.

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Friday Update: Planned giving

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Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week, some great articles on planned giving programs.

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Spotlight: Major and Planned Giving Success Kit

We’ve recently released a Major and Planned Giving Success Kit, which collects some of our recent webinar, white paper, and podcast material on major and planned gifts. Download the success kit today to explore how you can amplify your fundraising results from your major and planned giving programs.

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Friday Update: Fundraising trends

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week’s articles cover new reports on fundraising trends.

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Spotlight: Advancement Leaders Speak

We’ve recently released a new report outlining what chief advancement officers in higher education are thinking about current fundraising trends. Download the report today to find out the results of 40 in-depth interviews, covering topics like budgets, key metrics, and where leaders are shifting resources.

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Friday Update: Giving day tips

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week’s articles cover giving day tips and trends:

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Spotlight: ScaleFunder Giving Day Success

Ready for a great Giving Day? See the platform institutions like these have used to power their success:

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Friday Update: The best fundraising boss

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week’s articles feature advice on how to be the best fundraising boss, and how to work with your leader more effectively.

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Friday Update: Opportunities and fundraising myths

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Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week we have some links to posts by a few provocative contributors who ask questions about our assumptions and challenge us to take advantage of fundraising opportunities before it’s too late.

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Friday Update: Fundraising sages share advice

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Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week we have some links to posts by a few of the best fundraising sages out there on how to build relationships, retain donors, and consider volunteer opportunities.

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What is the Special Ingredient that Leads to #Fundraising Success?
Michael Rosen Says… (Feb 24 2017)

Do you know the special ingredient for creating fundraising success? You’ll notice I didn’t say “secret ingredient.” That’s because it’s not a secret. It’s actually common sense….

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The 5 Immutable Laws of Great Non-Profit Fundraising
thefundraisingauthority.com (Feb 23 2017)

Much of fundraising is an art, not a science. Knowing when a prospect is ripe for an ask, or how to craft a case for support that really tugs on the heartstrings, takes experience and practice. There are, however, several immutable, undeniable laws of great fundraising that are so very essential to the process that they can’t be overstated…

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5 Steps to Build Steadfast Donor Loyalty & Retention in 2017
Gail Perry (Feb 23 2017)

We’re having some fun with donor retention today. We do know that donor retention = donor loyalty, right? So donor retention is the name of the game for 2017 and beyond. And your ultimate goal as a fundraiser is to build up a cadre of high value, high commitment donors, right? To help you, here are 5 simple, doable, practical, and wildly important tips that can help you increase YOUR donor loyalty…

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So, You Are Thinking of Becoming a Volunteer? Here Are Some Things to Consider
NonProfit PRO (Feb 24 2017)

Duke offers some great advice as you consider becoming a volunteer and as we work with volunteers…

Spotlight: Consult our fundraising sages

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Friday Update: Fundraising infographics

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Brian Gawor

Vice President for Research at Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Brian Gawor, CFRE, is a former annual fund and major gift professional who now focuses on research and benchmarking to drive fundraising strategy. He is also a doctoral student studying higher education giving.
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The Friday Fundraising Update collects fundraising industry insights and success stories and delivers them to you each Friday from Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

This week we have some links to fundraising infographics and reports with great visual representation of fundraising trends and tactics.

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AFP Fundraising Effectiveness Project Reports
Fundraising Effectiveness Project

The groundbreaking annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey, piloted in November 2006, offers great statistics you can use to benchmark your program. Check out the 2016 report for the latest trends.

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How Nonprofit Communicators Spend Their Time (Infographic) #NPCOMM2017
Nonprofit Marketing Guide

Do you wonder if other nonprofit communicators are spending as much time on certain tasks as you? Check out the results from the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and see for yourself.

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Measuring Gift Impact
Annual Giving Network

Today’s donors seem to care less about hearing stories that describe why other donors give or seeing their own name listed on a roster. Instead, they want to know what, in measurable terms, their past support has helped to achieve.

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The most important words of your email?
FundraisingCoach.com

Is your inbox filled with holiday sales, year end reminders, and charity appeals? It can be challenging to make your own nonprofit’s emails standout!

Spotlight: Major and planned giving productivity

You can’t book big gifts if your team isn’t productive. We’ve heard from hundreds of major and planned giving professionals over the past year about key hurdles to reaching the best and most ready donors.

Fundraising infographics: what major and planned giving officers told us

RNL consultants recently sounded off on our plan to help institutions double their results, and you can check out these features on major giving team productivity:

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