Archive for April, 2009

The problem with online donations? We’re doing it wrong.

2009 Apr 20
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As The New York Times reported recently, a study performed by Blackbaud Analytics appears to suggest that donors who give online don’t always give online again. Alarming!  Especially in the midst of a recession! But hold on—that sentence is fairly packed with qualifiers. Retaining donors is always hard. Would we be surprised to learn that [...]

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Mystery donor gives UCCS a financial boost

2009 Apr 17
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An accelerated integrated marketing(AIM) and enrollment services client, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) made headlines today as one of the beneficiaries of a mystery that is unfolding in the world of college fundraising: During the past few weeks, at least nine universities have received gifts totaling more than $45 million, and the [...]

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Charitable Giving as an Early Economic Indicator

2009 Apr 15
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Forget the futures market. Turn off Bloomberg. Hold off on those put and call orders.  You’ve got a report to read, first. The 2008 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy – researched and written by staff at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, with sponsorship by Bank of America – suggests that the nation’s [...]

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Is Twitter the messaging system we never knew we needed?

2009 Apr 6
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Maybe so—although, if you’re watching Stephen Colbert, you might be a bit confused. When Colbert hosted Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, he was characteristically hard on him. “This sounds like the answer to a problem that we didn’t know we had until I invented the answer,” he said. On the other hand, [...]

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Is there a cure for 2.0 dizziness?

2009 Apr 2
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Feeling a bit dizzy? You’re not alone. The rush to social media is a neck-snapping blur, powered in part by the economic downturn. In fact, it seems ages ago that a certain law school warned its students not to avoid indulging in street drugs, kidnapping, or other patently illegal acts, but to avoid…blogging. (True story, [...]

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