Recent Giving Geek Blog Posts

  • CASE Engaging Students in Philanthropy

    I’m excited to be at the annual CASE Engaging Students in Philanthropy Symposium for the fifth year! I’ll be posting here some slides from the presentations, and I invite everyone to take the Student Philanthropy survey that the faculty put together. Take the Survey now! See the results of the first 100 survey responses here! […]

  • Is charitable giving up, down or sideways? Maybe we are.

    Recent headlines report that giving grew sluggishly in 2018. AFP’s Fundraising Effectiveness Report says that growth was about 1.6 percent. Blackbaud estimated about 1.5 percent growth. That is potentially below inflation—depending on how you look at it, giving went down. Well, actually, the charitable giving story is a bit more complicated than that: Higher education […]

  • Five New Podcasts!

    Check out new podcasts on Fundraising Voices, including topic like major gifts, giving days, crowdfunding and annual giving:

  • NonProfit Pro P2P 201

    Thanks to everyone who came out to NPP P2P in Philly! Here are our slides and the indexes we mentioned on crowdfunding and giving days! Presentation Slides Crowdfunding Index Giving Day Index

  • New Research: Major and Planned Giving Productivity

    Our 2018 major and planned giving productivity survey results are out, and you can download your copy here. Some highlights: We once again found that only about half of assigned prospects get a visit each year. Gift officers feel that on average only about 34% of their pools are truly qualified for a major gift. […]

  • Special Report: Parents and Leadership Giving

    2/3 of higher education fundraisers want to spend more time on parents and leadership donors. Multichannel synergy and providing a personalized experience are top priorities. Read more along with our recommendations in our latest report! Download the full report now!

  • March (Alumni Giving) Madness 2018 – Final Results

    We have the winners of the 2018 March (Alumni Giving) Madness tournament! This tournament is our fun way to determine the top alumni giving institutions for higher education fundraising. We took the institutions in this year’s men’s and women’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments, analyzed their alumni giving statistics, and determined the two top institutions for alumni […]

  • Video: A new way to find major and planned giving donors

    Major and planned giving donors are the key to the future of your organization. But gift officers tell us that they don’t have the tools to spend maximum time with the best donors. We think there’s a better way to find big givers, which is why our new suite of major and planned giving solutions […]

  • New survey: Global donors want fundraising personalization

    Accenture, the global consulting giant, recently released the 2017 Non-Profit Public Citizen’s survey. Speaking with donors across six nations, the company confirmed some things we’ve been talking about here at RNL, especially regarding fundraising personalization: “What do people want from their nonprofits? We asked people across six countries: Australia, France, Germany, Singapore, UK, and USA. […]

  • Major Gifts + Giving Days = Win, even on #GivingTuesday

    Happy #GivingTuesday, fellow fundraisers! This year seems like it will be another record-setting event, with charities around the world receiving a ton of support as we move further into the holiday season. A whole lot of this giving is boosted and amplified by major giving. In fact, in our recent study of 47 giving days […]