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Giving in 2016 – survey findings from Dini Spheris

Dini Spheris just issued the results of a survey conducted earlier this year among philanthropic leaders in Houston.  The following infographic summarizes their findings.

source: Dini Speris

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Case study – planned giving prospecting

Perusing the Prospect-DMM recently, I spotted an entry from Michael Pawlus of Grand Valley State University.  He generously shared his presentation slides from the APRA International conference in New Orleans.

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He steps you through a scenario of how to build a segmentation score for planned giving donors if you don’t have the resources or time to invest in extensive modeling.  His method encourages us to first look to our own intuition and check to see if our assumptions are true. What a great approach!

While it’s impossible to receive the full impact of Michael’s presentation just by reading his slides, his underlying messages are clear and easy to understand.  Click on the slide image to open the deck.

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Bookmark this – How America Gives {Interactive}

More of us are tracking constituent and donor densities by state and city in an attempt to better understand concentrations of opportunity, and that’s smart business.

 

But there’s another side to the coin too, what about pockets of human behavior outside of our data bases?  Shouldn’t we maintain some awareness of that too?

 

Yes, we should!  That’s why The Chronicle of Philanthropy publishes “How America Gives.”  And now it’s online too!  At a glance it’s easy to see pockets of population densities where Americans have higher (or lower) than average charitable giving patterns.

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Drilling into the populations to learn more is simple and the color coding makes it easy to quickly view the cities or counties with the highest giving densities (hovering does the trick).

Click on the image to add this valuable tool to your bookmark inventory!

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Bookmark this – America’s top donors

 

 

Are you familiar with the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s easy-to-search compilation of $1 million donors?  If not, then this is your lucky day!

Click on the logo above and head over to their website to discover a fabulous reference source!

 

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Break down the characteristics of a million dollar donor

A recent blog post from the Million Dollar list caught my eye.

 

 

 

This information is probably not what I’d expect, so I feel compelled to update my set of internal beliefs about philanthropic behavior.

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Bookmark this — Philanthropic outlook report

The Giving USA Foundation, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Marts & Lundy have released The Philanthropy Outlook: 2015 & 2016.  Click on the image below to download a free copy.

 

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The purpose of the report is to provide a sound economic forecast for the nonprofit sector, since contributions play such a vital role in resource generation.  The report explains the methodology behind the forecast and it largely takes into account the kinds of factors that could impact philanthropy overall – such things as national and world economic stability, world gross domestic product and legislative policy implications.

 

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There’s good news and more good news.  Overall, the forecast for 2015 philanthropy is up 4.8% over last year and the forecast for 2016 is up an additional 4.9%.   To download a free copy, click here.

 

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These Wall Street philanthropists should be on your radar

Inside Philanthropy closely follows the actions of key players in Wall Street philanthropy and we get to benefit from their homework.  Click on the image to read their list.

 

An additional article (click here) offers a closer look at their top 10 picks for 2015 – philanthropists that IP feels are poised for something big.

But wait — there’s more!  Bloomberg Business broke the story about one of the individuals mentioned on IP’s top 10 list (in this article) that had previously donated billions anonymously.

Truly intriguing and incredibly valuable!

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