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Each year, the Campbell & Company East team counsels nonprofits across the Northeast, East Coast, and beyond. We caught up with them to see what fundraising trends are most prominent in their geographical area, how organizations are adapting, and what regional leaders should expect in 2018.

From data analytics to activated donors, Jeff, Christina, and Elise shared their predictions and on-the-ground insights in the interview below.

Nonprofit Trends, Fundraising, East

Finding a new leader to fill a crucial role in an organization is always a balancing act between internal priorities and external concerns. Each year, sector-wide trends influence talent acquisition and management. With 2018 on the horizon, we sat down with two of our Executive Search team members to understand what’s in store for the next 12 months.

Read our interview with Kris and Dan for insight on what organizations, nonprofit leaders, and search committees should keep in mind during the coming year. 

Nonprofit Trends, Talent Management, Talent Management Strategies, Executive Search

2017 has been a year of unexpected headlines and constant change—beginning with an influx of donor support to progressive organizations and ending with accelerated tax reform efforts. As the year wraps up, Campbell & Company is looking ahead to 2018: We convened our executive team to talk through prevailing trends and gather expert insight on what’s to come.

Nonprofit Trends, Fundraising Tips, Fundraising

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The 2016 presidential election was called, and the reaction was swift: gifts poured into nonprofits typically associated with progressive causes, from the environment to social justice. Popularly termed “rage giving,” this grassroots phenomenon continued into 2017, as donors responded to President Trump’s travel ban as well as other executive orders and announcements. Metrics from the giving surge lit up the news—$24 million raised online by the American Civil Liberties Union in one weekend,[1] 300,000 gifts to Planned Parenthood in six weeks,[2] a 50-fold increase in online gifts to the Anti-Defamation League on November 9th.[3]   

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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.”

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 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

2016 was the third year of consecutive growth in U.S. charitable giving, with philanthropy reaching a new high of $390.05 billion according to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy. In a year of decreased bequests and mega-gifts, this growth represented a modest advance propelled by the widespread generosity of individuals.

Nonprofit Trends, Giving USA, Fundraising

As the sixth largest economy in the world and a powerhouse of innovation, California affects the entire philanthropic market. To better understand philanthropy in California, we assembled a comprehensive overview of giving trends in the state since the Great Recession of 2007–2009. This report is designed to help professionals and organizations in California navigate the uneven philanthropic landscape that has persisted ever since the banking and housing crises of those years first hit. As a harbinger of larger trends throughout the nation, we also hope this report will inform individuals engaged in philanthropic work in communities and other regions throughout the nation.

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According to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, Americans set a new giving record in 2016, contributing $390.05 billion to a wide range of nonprofit organizations. This outcome is remarkable, if more modest than some anticipated, as there were fewer mega-gifts of more than $200 million and bequests dropped 9.0 percent in current dollars. While the 2016 growth rate in total giving—2.7 percent in current dollars—was below the five-year average, the results reflect broad-based philanthropic support in smaller amounts that culminated in a record year of giving.

Nonprofit Trends, Nonprofit News, Giving USA, Fundraising

Academic institutions have experienced a dramatic increase in matriculation of students from
around the world as our economy and society have globalized in the last few decades. According to the Open Doors Report on International Exchange, the number of international students in the U.S. reached a record high of 1,043,839 in the 2015-2016 academic year.[1]

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