Higher Education Blogs

Higher education thought-leadership and trends

  • The 5 Rules for Supercharged Year-End Giving

    The 5 Rules for Supercharged Year-End Giving

    In working with dozens of faith-focused organizations on year-end giving programs, I have found that there are five basic rules …

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  • Why Fundraising Asks are Essential to Your Faith-Based Organization

    Why Fundraising Asks are Essential to Your Faith-Based Organization

    Many faith-based organizations worry about making fundraising asks. They think that because they have a religious mission, making direct asks of donors …

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  • Bringing Up the Next Generation of Faithful Supporters

    Bringing Up the Next Generation of Faithful Supporters

    This past summer, I was fortunate enough to acquire tickets to the PGA Championship in Charlotte. My husband and I …

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Promoting Your School’s Giving Day

    The Ultimate Guide to Promoting Your School’s Giving Day

    Joe Garecht’s eBook, How to Hold a Successful Giving Day for Your School, offers great advice for development teams on running a …

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  • The 5 Phases of the Faith-Based Supporter Life Cycle

    The 5 Phases of the Faith-Based Supporter Life Cycle

    Most faith-based organizations rely on supporters to fund their work.  Many organizations of faith don’t think of their supporters as “donors,” though.  …

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  • Turkey and Twitter: Birds of a Feather on #GivingTuesday

    Turkey and Twitter: Birds of a Feather on #GivingTuesday

    I just confirmed my dog sitter for Thanksgiving, which means I’m set to make the trip to my parents’ house …

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  • How Salem State University Launched Its First Ever Giving Day

    How Salem State University Launched Its First Ever Giving Day

    “We had been struggling with Giving Tuesday for a number of years, and our leadership just kept coming back to …

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  • 5 Tips for Grant-Gazing: How to Determine Whether It’s a Star or a Black Hole

    5 Tips for Grant-Gazing: How to Determine Whether It’s a Star or a Black Hole

    Here are 5 questions to determine whether a grant is a star (worth pursuing) or a black hole (not worth your time).

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  • Nonprofit Finance & Development: Let’s Get Along

    Nonprofit Finance & Development: Let’s Get Along

    According to the report The Next Generation of American Giving, when donors are looking for financial information on nonprofits, the …

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  • Return on Mission: A Framework to Measure Success at Philanthropic Organizations

    Return on Mission: A Framework to Measure Success at Philanthropic Organizations

    As a nonprofit organization, which factor do you believe best showcases the success of your mission? Overhead to program expense …

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  • Giving Days Down Under: Five Key Steps for a Successful #GivingDay

    Giving Days Down Under: Five Key Steps for a Successful #GivingDay

    At this point, nearly every university in the US has run or is considering starting a giving day. Of course, …

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  • 10 Memorable Quotes from the 2018 Social Good Summit

    10 Memorable Quotes from the 2018 Social Good Summit

    The 2018 Social Good Summit once again reminded all of us how much there is to accomplish by 2030 while …

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  • How Crowdfunding Can Help Cultivate True Employee Engagement

    How Crowdfunding Can Help Cultivate True Employee Engagement

    Forward-thinking companies understand that both their employees’ purpose and their community’s social good needs play into their corporate social responsibility …

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  • Budgeting for Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

    Budgeting for Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

    At Blackbaud, we take a unique approach to our employee matching gift program, one that is popular amongst other corporate …

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  • Modern Mobilization: People Powered Engagement

    Modern Mobilization: People Powered Engagement

    This article is part of the bbcon 2018 Speaker Series on npENGAGE. Get a taste of the 250+ sessions that will help your organization …

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  • How Small & Medium Enterprises Can Support the Sustainable Development Goals

    How Small & Medium Enterprises Can Support the Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, 193 world leaders came together at the United Nations to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal …

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  • Four Ways That Healthcare Organizations Can Leverage Crowdfunding

    Four Ways That Healthcare Organizations Can Leverage Crowdfunding

    This article is part of the bbcon 2018 Speaker Series on npENGAGE. Get a taste of the 250+ sessions that will help your organization …

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  • What Drives Gen Z: Is It the Experience or the Cause?

    What Drives Gen Z: Is It the Experience or the Cause?

    Contrary to what is commonly believed, young people care about, and give to, virtually every major social cause. Obviously, there …

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  • #GivingTuesday: The Arts & Culture Way

    #GivingTuesday: The Arts & Culture Way

    Approaching its seventh year, #GivingTuesday’s success isn’t slowing down and only increasing in donor participation. According to Blackbaud’s 2017 Charitable …

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  • Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

    Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

    In the nonprofit sector, communities of practice are an established concept. These groups bring together cross-sector leaders to develop talent, …

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