Large Donor Burnout: Hype Or Reality

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In the wake of the economic downturn, we’ve heard a lot about large donor burnout. The large donor well running dry is a frequent talking point during labor disputes and it’s common to see employers leverage permanent concessions as a demand from one or more existing large donors as a condition for continued giving. What started as a call for “sustainability” has risen to the level of nonprofit sacrosanct. Is there …

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Did You Experience #GivingTuesday Fatigue?

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Thanks to the generosity of the Gates Foundation matching funds for donations made through Facebook, participation in #GivingTuesday is expected to reach all-time highs. From my own perspective, within the first hour of logging into my Facebook account, I had more than 100 notifications inviting me to fundraiser pages. By 12:00 noon CT, I stopped keeping track and simply turned off notifications entirely. Email campaigns messages started a hair slower but …

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Are You Ready For Facebook’s #GivingTuesday Matching Campaign?

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Did you know Facebook Is Matching Donations On #GivingTuesday this year? They are partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to match donations made through Facebook on #GivingTuesday (November 28) up to $2 million. Ceci Dadisman wrote an article for ArtsHacker with all of the need-to-know info about the project along with pointers on what you’ll need to do in order to make sure you’re using Facebook the correct way to …

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Classical Music Isn’t Dying, But The Principal Trumpet Is On Thin Ice

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Fourth/Utility trumpet Michael Martin probably doesn’t want to see his brother, New York Philharmonic Principal trumpet Christopher Martin, get killed by way of an underfunded Kickstarter campaign for a new trumpet concerto, but you never know. Michael posted an article about the concerto project at that included a cartoon by Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Principal trumpet, Jeff Curnow, the latter of which adopts the Everybody shut up or …

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Quick Tips To Help Your Year-End Fundraising

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We’re only three days away from the deadline for claiming charitable donations so I decided to put together three three tips via an article at on how you can use to maximize donations from procrastinating donors. Text Message: this is one of my favorites; according to IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions > When to Deduct > Text Message “Contributions made by text message are deductible in the year you send …

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