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Peter Fissinger

Peter Fissinger is President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell & Company. Throughout his 30-year career in institutional advancement, Peter has designed and implemented major capital fundraising, annual giving programs, planned giving programs, and marketing and publication efforts.

CHICAGO, IL (June 16, 2015) - In 2014, charitable giving in the U.S. reached a total of $358.38 billion – an increase of 7.1 percent in current dollars between 2013 and 2014, according to Giving USA 2015: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. This increase in total charitable giving exhibits the generosity of Americans and the hard work and commitment of dedicated philanthropists across the nation. It is a testament to our constantly evolving sector and a clear demonstration of the opportunities for growth.

“These are very positive results for giving in the USA. The total of $358.38 billion is 2.1% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which equals the highest water mark in the 60 year history of the research. In addition, it is easily the most growth we have seen in one year since the end of the great recession," says Peter Fissinger, President & Chief Executive Officer of Campbell & Company, a national fundraising consulting and executive search firm for nonprofits. “Now we can build on this momentum by focusing on how donors impact the mission of the organizations we serve, communicating this to our donors and asking them to continue their generosity.”

Nonprofit Trends, Giving USA

On a recent trip to Ireland with my wife, we were able to meet some of her relatives for the first time and visit the family farm on which her grandfather was born. We learned her cousins are all on Facebook, so my wife has since connected with them permanently through social media. When she first visited two of her cousins’ pages last week, she found a video of each of them pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads in support of ALS, proving the immense power and reach of social media. 

Nonprofit Trends, Nonprofit News, Fundraising Tips

An organization’s board is a key ingredient to increasing a nonprofit’s impact in its community – and having the right people on the board is critical to the success of the organization.

During Campbell & Company’s 38 years, we have debated whether nonprofit boards should have term limits. And in the larger nonprofit community, this is a widely debated topic. Essentially, I favor term limits.  I believe that by having term limits, an organization is forced to have to continually work on building and developing its board, and as a result this leads to stronger board development and engagement practices.  Among the many benefits of having term limits include: fresh energy and perspectives from new board members, avoiding “board member burnout”, and expansion of constituency and expertise.

Nonprofit News, Fundraising Tips

I recently found myself in a discussion with an experienced and generous philanthropist about younger donors. This person was frustrated with some younger entrepreneurs in his community who have significant wealth but are not involving themselves in the community the way he and other civic leaders believe is responsible.  And so he asked me how philanthropic values are taught, and whether young people today hold the same philanthropic values found in prior generations.