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Current Blogs

The 2018 numbers are in: Giving to nonprofits is down, especially small and mid-sized gifts - and increasingly, mega gifts are carrying more of the load. Is this good – or bad? What does it mean for those of us on the front lines of relationship-based fundraising?

I’ve seen a couple of boards lately that are paralyzed by the materials paradox – they can’t get started going out and asking for money because their materials aren’t ready, and they’re running out of money and volunteer enthusiasm because they’re not going out and asking for money.


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Current Newsletters

March 2019: Is Your Fundraising Recession-Proof?

Fundraising through a crisis is never fun, but it can be done. Cause Effective saw many clients continue to succeed in fundraising during the Great Recession, but they had laid the groundwork for continued support years before. Read more.

January 2019: Human vs. Machine: The Value of In-Person Training

Has an executive director's job become easier as a result of all the online information on nonprofit management right at their fingertips? Maybe yes, maybe no. Executive directors need information, but also thought partnership, empathy and peer support to find the best solutions to their organization's most entrenched challenges.  Read more.


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