Posts in Philanthropy
5 Tips to Support High-Impact Charities not Good Marketing

Giving back to charities and nonprofits is something that many people value and do on a regular basis. However, increased competition in the nonprofit landscape has caused some organizations to develop misleading donor pitches. Matt Aspegren helps explain why individuals should be wary of where they place their donor money. His main piece of advice: be very careful when selecting charities and nonprofits to invest in. This article offers five tips on how to distinguish between donor pitches that are just good stories versus ones that are legitimate and could truly benefit from a substantial investment. Click here to read more about how you can support high-impact charities and not just good marketing.

Source: Excellence in Giving

The Art of the "Ask": Six tactics frequently ignored by nonprofit fund developers & CEOs

"Most nonprofit board members and managers have acquired a measured of savvy when it comes to raising funds for their organizations. They have learned that building trust with current and prospective donors is the key to maintaining meaningful support." Click here to learn more ways to strengthen donor relationships and possibly increase contributions.

 

Source: Nonprofit Management

 

Philanthropy Is the Lifeblood of Family Continuity

"Because philanthropy causes people to think of something bigger than themselves, it can be one of the most powerful forces for keeping a family together. If your client's goal is to keep her family members together across the generations, this may be the best way of achieving it" . Click here to read more.

Source: Wealth Management.com

Research Your Interests

How do you solve problems you care about? You do research. See how the research Excellence in Giving does helps identify nonprofits with real solutions. Click here to read more .

Source: Excellence in Giving

Innovest Nonprofit Spotlight - Innovest Days of Giving

This year Innovest continued our "Winter Week of GIving" tradition. On the first day of giving, Innovest sent to thee: gently used clothing and toil-let-tries. On the second day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: money to the charities we love. On the third day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: decorated Project Angel Heart bags by the tens. On the fourth day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: lunch served and encouraging words. On the fifth day of giving, Innovest gave to thee: gifts for six adopted families we bring.

Organizations that Innovest was privileged to serve during the week included the Denver Rescue Mission, Project Angel Heart, and Colorado Gives Day. For the fourth year in a row 100 percent of Innovest employees participated in the Colorado Gives Day Corporate Challenge, earning an extra day off for their birthdays. Typical of Innovest, each day employees brought in snacks to incentivize and encourage co-workers to contribute and participate in the designated actitivities.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to serve so many deserving organizations in 2017. Not only do these activities provide team-building experiences, but they provide already generous people with new opportunities to give back and find new nonprofits to support and be passionate about. Innovest is proud to be a company of generous people!

Update on the Economy, the Markets and Implications for Fundraising Professionals

Scott Middleton recently presented to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence on the economy, markets and implications for fundraising professionals. Read below for a short Q&A about his presentation.

  1. Can you summarize the economic outlook in a few main points?

    “Unemployment is low and wages are rising. While the Fed is becoming less accommodative, U.S. leading economic indicators are still positive. A recession currently does not appear to be likely in the next six to nine months.”

     

  2. What are some of the themes emerging in the markets right now?

    “While bonds have very low yields and equities are not cheap, keep a long-term focus and expect market volatility to move back to normal (i.e., higher) levels. Also, realize that diversification will test your patience. If you hate part of your investment portfolio, it may be a very good sign that it is diversified.”

     

  3. How does the current economic and market environment impact fundraising professionals?

    “Fundraising professionals should consider speaking with their donors about gifts of appreciated securities and/or part of their IRA required minimum distributions. It’s important to keep an eye on personal tax legislation and its potential impact on charitable giving.”

Source: Innovest

Giving Relationally: Prioritizing a Culture of Empathy and Joy

"In the funder-grantee relationship, when we can mutually encourage and learn from one another, there is a deep sense of joy that makes even the toughest periods of organizational growth worth enduring. When we achieve this, we move from being solely funders to being more like partners called to work together to achieve something greater than we could have done alone. And that makes all the difference in our work." Click here to read more from the Center of Effective Philanthropy about giving relationally and prioritizing a culture of empathy and joy.

Source: Center for Effective Philanthropy