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Scarce resources for Alaska’s nonprofits. A booming retirement age population in Idaho. A shaky economy in Montana following a year of dramatic growth. Oregonians embracing donor-advised funds. Tech professionals flocking to Washington.

The five states that make up the Northwest each face distinct philanthropic challenges and opportunities. While several major studies are published on U.S. giving each year, regional data is traditionally less accessible. To address this gap and help Northwest nonprofits adapt to the philanthropic landscape in which they operate, we created “Unique Northwest: Distinct Giving Trends and Strategies for Five Distinct States.”

Nonprofit Trends, Fundraising Tips, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Northwest

Co-authored by Executive Vice President Kate Roosevelt

Our Northwest team recently celebrated four decades of service to the region and retired the Collins Group name. In the midst of these milestones, we met with our colleagues to discuss what sets wildly successful organizations apart. From these discussions, we distilled our time-tested best practices to help you create and sustain meaningful impact—during your next campaign and beyond.

Fundraising Tips, Campaigns, Northwest

Although it’s technically still summer, #GivingTuesday is fast approaching—mark your calendars for November 28, 2017!

Since its inception in 2012, we have seen exponential growth in the popularity and visibility of #GivingTuesday. Now a global movement engaging thousands of organizations worldwide, it’s a day when charities, families, businesses, community centers, and individuals around the world will come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give to their favorite causes.

Fundraising Tips

Partnering with an executive search firm helps organizations explore outside their networks to find capable, dedicated leaders. Instead of managing recruitment efforts, staff can focus on work that directly supports the institutional mission while a trained team leads the search process. To make the most of this arrangement, it’s critical for organizations to foster a productive working relationship with their executive search firm.

Over two decades and hundreds of searches, our Executive Search practice has learned what it takes to elevate this important partnership. A successful partnership ultimately means the right new leader driving results at your organization. For nonprofits embarking on their next search, we’ve compiled four ways to get the best return on their executive search relationship.

Executive Search

 Between 2000 and 2010, parent giving to colleges and universities rose nearly 50 percent.[1] As this trend continues to gain momentum, higher education institutions are searching for best practices to engage parents and capitalize on this growing revenue stream. As of 2013, more than 500 colleges and universities across the U.S. have parent programs, 82 percent of which carry out active fundraising—a dramatic increase from just 44 percent in 2003. A great deal of these programs are quite new with many being less than 10 years old[2]; however, as with all philanthropic initiatives, understanding your donor base and building relationships are at the core of successful parent engagement.

Nonprofit Trends, Higher Education News, Fundraising Tips


In 2013, Collins Group joined forces with Campbell & Company, a national nonprofit consulting and executive search firm. Over the past four years, we have worked hard to integrate our teams, learn from each other, and build on our collective strengths. September 1st marks the last step of our integration as we retire the Collins Group name and unify under the Campbell & Company name and identity. Collins Group will be known as the Campbell & Company Northwest team going forward. This milestone allows us to stay true to our team approach and advance our mission to collaborate and innovate with people who change lives through philanthropic vision and action.  

Campbell & Company News, Northwest

In 2017, a LinkedIn profile is a necessity for all nonprofit leaders—absence from the professional networking site can raise a bigger red flag than even the weakest profile. A recent CareerBuilder study found that employers are 57 percent less likely to interview a prospect who doesn’t have an online presence.[1] In many ways, LinkedIn functions as a professional fingerprint. Executive search consultants use LinkedIn to research candidates, confirm work experience, and find contact information. Beyond these basic functions, LinkedIn also provides a means to gauge a candidate’s overall professionalism and sophistication. A sharp profile can make a lasting impression on a search consultant. To this end, my colleagues and I mined our broad experience working with top candidates and put together six recommendations to help nonprofit leaders get noticed on LinkedIn.

Executive Search

Our Vice President Christina Yoon, Ph.D., recently wrote about our firm’s experience partnering with The Children’s Inn at NIH on a case development initiative, led by our Communications Consultants Charlotte Cottier and Susannah Young. She will present on this topic at the Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference on August 3rd with The Inn’s CEO Jennie Lucca and Chief Development and Communications Officer Fern Stone.

Communications Strategies

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about recent mega-gifts to higher education institutions, urging colleges and universities of all sizes to recognize the potential for transformative gifts and plan accordingly. To follow up, I’m digging into a topic related to building long-term relationships with major donors: alumni engagement metrics. How do we measure engagement levels and assign scores to alumni that will help us prioritize prospects and predict future major—or even mega—gifts?

Higher Education News, Fundraising

In the summer of 2016, we launched a study to explore emerging best practices in international fundraising among universities, colleges, and independent schools. Educational institutions have experienced a dramatic uptick in international student enrollment over the past few decades. This trend continues to grow, with the number of international students in the U.S. reaching a record high of 1,043,839 in the 2015-2016 academic year.[1]

Higher Education News, Independent Schools, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Fundraising