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Sometimes the best way to answer a question is to look at it from another perspective. Our Campbell Chats bring together our diverse team to talk about the toughest questions facing nonprofits today. By looking at these questions from several points of view, we share our expertise with each other—and with the nonprofit world!

Duncan Reilly, Marketing and Business Development Associate: Welcome! Today we’re focusing on one broader topic: Arts organizations’ membership programs and how they integrate with major giving programs.

First question: what keeps membership and major gifts teams from working together? Are they just talking past each other or is something else going on?

Charlotte Cottier, Senior Consultant, Communications: I feel like it’s an issue of different goals. Attendance vs. relationships and major gifts.


Taylor Schmidt, Consultant, Strategic Information Services: I agree with Charlotte. From a data perspective, working with a large population of members in aggregate can be very different than working with a smaller population of major donors in someone's portfolio where there are one-on-one relationships that take place (mostly) outside of a database.

Cassie Carter, Senior Consultant: I think that the membership staff fear that the patrons will be insulted if they get asked to give, so they want to set up a firewall.

 

Fundraising, Communications Strategies, Fundraising Tips, Arts & Culture Trends, Strategic Information Services, Annual Giving, Executive Search



At its best,
networking is all about creating and strengthening genuine human connections. Yes, it’s a means to advance your career and search for jobs, but networking can also provide a platform for peer learning, a source of candid advice, and a space for professional camaraderie.  

Once you start incorporating simple networking habits into your life, it will seem more like a natural extension of your professional routine.

Read on for six key strategies you can use to bolster your network and build connections, compiled by the Campbell & Company Executive Search team.

Executive Search, Career Advice

#GivingTuesday is only a couple months away, and November 27th will be here before we know it. Now is the time to start prepping. What does your organization have on the docket? 

After six years of #GivingTuesdays, the Campbell & Company team has learned a lot about what works (and what doesn't) when it comes to this day of global giving. 

Download the Comprehensive Guide to #GivingTuesday to get started on your giving day prep.

Fundraising Tips, Campbell & Company Research Findings, Fundraising

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have surged in popularity over the past decade, becoming one of the most talked about and popular giving vehicles.

But before development professionals can craft a strategy to engage DAF holders, they need a foundational understanding of the giving vehicle itself. Read on for the information you need to know about the DAF giving process, DAF sponsors, and more.  

Fundraising Tips, Fundraising

Tech donors—philanthropically-inclined individuals who work in the technology industry—are often considered to be an enormous opportunity for nonprofits with their business savvy, financial resources, and vast connections.

But the tech community can be elusive to fundraisers. Tech philanthropists come to the table with new ideas and expectations that charities are not sure they can meet. Can they satisfy the data requirements of tech donors? Can they dedicate resources to innovation? 

Download the study for tips, insights, and tactical tools.

Campbell & Company Research Findings, Fundraising, Fundraising Tips, West Region

The nonprofit annual report. An age-old method to communicate how your organization made an impact over the past year, honor those who helped along the way, and connect with your closest supporters 

At a time when you have more communication vehicles to choose from than ever before, this traditional tactic can still move the needle. We’ve worked with organizations across the nonprofit sector to write and produce annual reports, and we’ve seen firsthand how they can inspire donors 

But what are the best practices for creating an annual report? How should your organization tackle the valuable opportunity an annual report presents—a chance to develop a compelling creative piece that expresses your mission and highlights your successes to your closest supporters 

Communications Strategies, Fundraising Communications

Eric Horner serves as Vice President of Development for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). We asked him to share how he has navigated the changing tech landscape as a fundraising leader. Read on for his reflections and some inspiration for your own career.  

“How can I fully embrace technology?” This is a critical question for every chief development officer—and it’s one that has surfaced and resurfaced throughout my own career.

Fundraising, Guest Blog, Midwest Region

Earlier this year, the Campbell & Company East team sat down with four nonprofit leaders in the Washington, DC area to discuss the current political climate, how it’s affecting their fundraising—and what we can learn from their responses.

We filmed these conversations for our four-part Let’s Talk Politics video series: a candid look at how organizations are faring in this charged political atmosphere.

In the fourth and final episode, I interview Valerie Broadie, Associate Vice President of the Brookings Institution

Fundraising, Fundraising Tips, Video, East