Quick Takeaways from the ALUMinate Planned Giving Webinar

 

How to Address Donors’ 5 Toughest Questions

When a potential donor asks questions, they may be taking an interest in making a gift. When a prospect asks TOUGH questions, it can be a sign that they’re engaging with a fundraiser’s major gifts proposal. That’s why, in April, we hosted a complimentary professional development webinar for fundraisers and advancement professionals on how to… Continue Reading How to Address Donors’ 5 Toughest Questions

Forget Those Cliché Resolutions: 4 Goals for High-Impact Fundraisers in 2019

It’s the second week of February. According to U.S. News and World Report, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably already failed at 80% of your New Year’s resolutions. I love this time of year for this reason. When we start to struggle with our cliché or unrealistic resolutions, we get the chance to have… Continue Reading Forget Those Cliché Resolutions: 4 Goals for High-Impact Fundraisers in 2019

Stop Wasting Your Gift Officers’ Time: Interview with Joseph Volin on Engagement Metrics

What if you could figure out exactly how undergraduate involvement influences future giving and use it to find alumni donors and leaders waiting for your call? Fundraising in higher education is hard. Not only is it challenging to identify donors with the capacity to give, you have to find those who also want to give.… Continue Reading Stop Wasting Your Gift Officers’ Time: Interview with Joseph Volin on Engagement Metrics

Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2: The Nitty Gritty Financial Side of Major Gifts Last month, we laid out ways to identify and cultivate major gift prospects, especially those living far from campus. But the work isn’t over once you cultivate a major gift, in fact, this is when the real fun starts! As summarized in last month’s blog,… Continue Reading Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 2 of 2)

Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 1 of 2)

This month and next we’re talking about major gift prospects. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 48% of the $5.6 billion that America’s 50 biggest donors gave in 2016 went to colleges and universities.   While these super-rich donors are the dream of every university advancement leader, the success of college and university capital campaigns… Continue Reading Finding the “Lowly” Million Dollar Donor (Part 1 of 2)