Getting Started With Planned Giving

A planned gift is the ultimate gift a donor can give your nonprofit. It’s usually their last gift. And quite often, it’s their largest gift. It’s a way for the donor to support their favorite charities beyond their lifetime, which is pretty cool. And planned gifts can have some surprising benefits. For example, donors

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[Guest Post] The Science of Giving: Why Your Brain Craves Meaning

The Science of Giving: Why Your Brain Craves Meaning by Laura A. Roser Your brain is a meaning magnet. It can’t help it; it’s been conditioned. Since the hunter and gatherer days, humans have tried to make sense of the world. From the Egyptians and Greeks with their gods to philosophers with their theories to

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Tithing from the IRA Rollover

Charitable Gift IRA Rollover: The Past In 2006 I was visiting with a donor who was very excited about the recent Pension Protection Act that enabled him to give from his IRA to charity. The Charitable Gift IRA Rollover allowed many donors like him to give a Qualified Contribution Distribution (QCD) to a qualified charity

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Tithing from the IRA Rollover

Charitable Gift IRA Rollover: The Past In 2006 I was visiting with a donor who was very excited about the recent Pension Protection Act that enabled him to give from his IRA to charity. The Charitable Gift IRA Rollover allowed many donors like him to give a Qualified Contribution Distribution (QCD) to a qualified charity

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Planned Giving Programs: Just Do It!

When I’m working with nonprofit organizations so many times I hear, “we don’t have a planned giving program” OR “I don’t know how to start a planned giving program.” The very brilliant Carol Weisman recently shared a simple and effective way you can move past those (perceived) barriers and just do it! Here’s Carol story that […]

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A surprising way to increase planned gifts

I love that we live in a time of actual research of fundraising. We’re finally moving beyond anecdotes to verified research by groups like the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy. (In the interest of full disclosure: I am on the Advisory Panel for the think tank associated with the Centre.) The newest findings presented this month […]

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Building authentic relationships with donors

As fundraisers, we talk to wide variety of people – team members, volunteers, clients, and yes, donors. For many, meeting with and talking to donors is out of their comfort zone. And building a relationship just so you can ask for money – well, that just feels downright wrong to some. Does this sound like […]

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