what is a good alternative to risperdal zovirax suspension ohne rezept crestor 20 mg preisvergleich atacand kaufen preis acai berry thin dipyridamole 200 mg side effects lamisil once kaufen kamagra chewable 100 mg biaxin 200mg alternative uses for lisinopril penegra 100 side effects unique hoodia preis cordarone 200 mg tabletas lotensin 10 mg flomax 500 avodart alternatives prostate viagra super active 20 mg keflex 500mg 4 times daily calan 3010r manual diclofenac xr 100mg preis exelon ampicillin 250 mg vial viagra alternative at walmart diflucan 200 mg tablet alternative to lanoxin depakote 500 mg extended release sildenafil für frauen myambutol 500 alternative to lanoxin amoxicillin alternative over the counter alternative singulair anafranil preis kamagra gold preis low cost alternative lexapro what is voveran 50 ge zovirax suspension ohne rezept singulair ku 210 uroxatral 10 mg lioresal 10 mg ersatz für remeron trazodone 150 mg high diflucan ohne rezept bestellen preis risperdal alternative to lanoxin dulcolax preis österreich actos 2015 alternative asset alliance arava 100 kamagra soft tabs 100mg mevacor 10 mg arava 101b lioresal 10 mg cialis kaufen billig ampicillin-t kaufen ashwagandha 10 uses lanoxin alternatives 8020 reglan metformin 500mg twice a day kaufen viagra generika crestor preisvergleich cozaar 100 mg ersatz diclofenac diovan 160 mg preis xenical preis mobic 20 mg alternative für ventolin preis zyprexa singulair ersatz Blog – Collins Group http://collinsgroup.com Because Your Mission Matters Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:52:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.4 Aggie Sweeney Elected Chair of Giving USA Foundation http://collinsgroup.com/general/aggie-sweeney-elected-chair-of-giving-usa-foundation/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/aggie-sweeney-elected-chair-of-giving-usa-foundation/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:45:37 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3172   On Thursday, July 7, Aggie Sweeney, CFRE, was elected Chair of Giving USA Foundation during its annual meeting in Napa Valley. She takes the helm after serving on the […]

The post Aggie Sweeney Elected Chair of Giving USA Foundation appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
 

View More: http://ciccarelliphotography.pass.us/collinsgroup

          Aggie Sweeney

On Thursday, July 7, Aggie Sweeney, CFRE, was elected Chair of Giving USA Foundation during its annual meeting in Napa Valley. She takes the helm after serving on the Foundation board for the past six years.

Best known for its seminal publication, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy, the Foundation’s mission is to advance “the research, education and public understanding of philanthropy.” Aggie has been instrumental in helping to disseminate, interpret, and help nonprofits leverage the information and data about trends in charitable giving for which Giving USA is so well known and regarded.

Aggie is recognized as one of the top fundraisers in the country; her expertise as a change agent for organizations regardless of size and sector has earned her a reputation as an insightful listener and strategist. She has served as a trusted advisor and fundraising consultant to over 100 diverse nonprofit organizations and for over 35 multiyear campaigns. Many of the campaigns for which she provided principal counsel have been record-breaking, both for the organization and the specific sector the organization serves. With over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she is passionate about guiding organizations to use philanthropy to power growth.

Aggie is the current President & CEO of Collins Group, a division of Campbell & Company, a national consulting firm that collaborates and innovates with people who change lives through philanthropic vision and action. Aggie joined the firm in 1999, and her expert leadership has enhanced its position as the Northwest’s fundraising consulting firm of choice.

“This is an important role in our field and high praise for Aggie’s leadership in our sector,” says Peter Fissinger, President & CEO of Campbell & Company, who also serves as Treasurer on the Giving Institute’s Board of Directors. “In particular, by being asked to serve in this role, Aggie is recognized for her experience, intelligence, diplomacy, and reliability as a volunteer leader in the Foundation.”

Please join us in congratulating Aggie!

The post Aggie Sweeney Elected Chair of Giving USA Foundation appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/aggie-sweeney-elected-chair-of-giving-usa-foundation/feed/ 0
Crowdsourced Fundraising Goes Local http://collinsgroup.com/general/crowdsourced-fundraising-goes-local/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/crowdsourced-fundraising-goes-local/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:40:47 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3126 This post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in our […]

The post Crowdsourced Fundraising Goes Local appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
crowdfundingThis post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in our demographics, economy, and beliefs are impacting philanthropy in our region. Join the conversation!

Until recently, I was not a fan of crowdsourced fundraising. Just the words “crowdsourced” and “crowdfunding” conjured up a mental image of the mindless masses, which is so contrary to what we fundraising professionals preach as ultimate truth: relationship-based fundraising. People won’t give unless they have a relationship with the organization and its people, and unless they are connected to the mission. How can they make that connection in a crowd of people patched together from all over the Internet?

What I didn’t take into account is that, in the age of social media, people relate to each other, often and effectively, online. Social media is being used more and more to organize and mobilize local movements, and the Northwest—a global hub for technology and innovation (see our recent blog post about tech millennials)—is no exception. Two recent successes of clients right here in the Puget Sound region—Intiman Theatre and Friends of 88.5 FM—helped me think differently about crowdsourced fundraising. Done correctly, it is a natural extension of tried and true best fundraising practices.

Compelling, Urgent, and Audacious

You’ll see from the snapshots below that, while the campaigns for Intiman and 88.5 are different on the surface, they have a few key things in common: a very compelling case (the projects they wanted to fund were of paramount importance to their audience), urgency (they both had hard and fast deadlines), and an audacious goal ($75K in 16 days and $7M in 6 months, respectively). I know, I know! We always say “set a realistic goal,” but having a compelling case—backed up by an excellent strategy, plan, and resources—can compensate for a goal that might seem unfeasible at first. And let me underscore the fact that each organization was willing to invest the time, money, and energy to ensure success.

INTIMAN THEATRE’S “SHOW THE LOVE” CAMPAIGN

Concept

Enlist team leaders to reach out to their networks; support team leaders with materials (video links, communications language, benefits, etc.) to make the case for and encourage giving

Goal

$75,000 in 16 days

Case

Support Intiman’s 2016 season, highlighting and celebrating the work of black, female playwrights; and Intiman’s vision of promoting and achieving racial and gender equity through theatre

Results

  • $82,963 raised, plus a match of $50,000 from a current donor
  • Total Number of Donors: 641
  • Percentage of New Donors: 69%

Highlights

  • Fundraising medium allowed Intiman to showcase its strengths as a theatre and arts organization
  • Invested in an innovative campaign website
  • Created a giving platform for all, regardless of capacity, level of engagement, and location
  • Gained new donors and created a tight Intiman community by implementing stewardship strategy

FRIENDS OF 88.5 FM’s GIVEBIG 2016 CAMPAIGN

Overall Goal

$7 million in six months

Case

Support Friends of 88.5 FM to purchase KPLU and “save” current programming, by making a gift before June 30, 2016

Results

Set a GiveBIG record by raising $1,456,076!

Total Number of Donors: 7,609

Highlights

  • Through GiveBIG alone, Friends of 88.5 FM raised more than 20% of its overall goal
  • The GiveBIG effort was a mini-campaign within a campaign, which heightened the larger campaign’s momentum (read more about the SAVE KPLU campaign, which surpassed its goal in just 4.5 months!)
  • Excitement from the record-breaking results created a sense of community ownership

In planning a crowdfunding campaign, be sure to have a strategy to leverage current donors’ resources and relationships, and a plan to capture new donors and keep them captivated.

Still not sure if crowdsource funding is right for your nonprofit? Take this quiz by Consultant Kate Banta-Green.

Join the conversation

Have a comment on this post or an idea for this blog series? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a suggestion in the comments below, or contact us at info@collinsgroup.com.

The post Crowdsourced Fundraising Goes Local appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/crowdsourced-fundraising-goes-local/feed/ 0
James Plourde Promoted to Vice President http://collinsgroup.com/general/james-plourde-promoted-to-vice-president/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/james-plourde-promoted-to-vice-president/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:22:26 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3142 Since joining Collins Group five years ago, James Plourde has been instrumental in expanding the impact of several organizations, most notably in the fields of education, healthcare, arts and culture, and […]

The post James Plourde Promoted to Vice President appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
View More: http://ciccarelliphotography.pass.us/collinsgroupSince joining Collins Group five years ago, James Plourde has been instrumental in expanding the impact of several organizations, most notably in the fields of education, healthcare, arts and culture, and faith-based nonprofits. A long-time Tacoma resident, James continues to position Collins Group as the firm of choice in the South Sound region and is a member of the of AFP-South Sound Board of Directors. He has served as lead counsel for phenomenally successful campaigns for Friends of 88.5/KPLU, MultiCare, Catholic Community Services, and Bishop Blanchet High School (currently underway). And his contribution as a thought leader in our sector is substantial, insightful, and often a breath of fresh air. But what we love most about James is that he is a true “people person” – his clients (and colleagues!) feel cared for, listened to, and valued. Please join us in congratulating James for this much deserved step forward in his career!

The post James Plourde Promoted to Vice President appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/james-plourde-promoted-to-vice-president/feed/ 0
KPLU Makes Public Media History http://collinsgroup.com/general/kplu-makes-public-media-history/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/kplu-makes-public-media-history/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:07:57 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3134 When the folks at KPLU called and asked if our firm would help them raise $7 million in six months to save the station from being sold, my first question […]

The post KPLU Makes Public Media History appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
KPLU campaign logoWhen the folks at KPLU called and asked if our firm would help them raise $7 million in six months to save the station from being sold, my first question was: “Do you have a refund system in place?”

In hindsight, not the most encouraging response, given that they exceeded their goal in all of 4.5 months. To the best of anyone’s recollection, this was a history making event: no public media outlet has raised that much money in that short of time.

For those outside the Pacific Northwest, KPLU is one of two powerhouse public radio stations serving the region. Owned by and partially located on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, it was in the process of being sold to the other powerhouse public radio station in the area, KUOW (owned by the University of Washington) for $7 million in cash and $1 million in underwriting support.

Loyal listeners balked at this plan and formed a separate 501c(3) organization, Friends of 88.5 FM. They set their sights on raising the $7 million on their own to purchase the station from the university and make the station a community licensee, and the SAVE KPLU campaign was (quickly!) born.

There was no time for the kinds of things you would normally do when you launch a campaign: no lead gift phase, no steering committee (though we tried to form one), no landing that big major gift before appealing to the public.

And no time to accept pledges! Every dollar of the $7 million had to be in the bank by June 30.

Instead, it was everything at once—public phase, major gift phase, corporation and foundation phase—you name it, we were in it. They did it in record fashion—surpassing the goal a full month and four days before the deadline.

Some lessons learned:

  • Urgency works. Successful campaigns have a mix of great volunteers, a compelling case, a pool of donors, and a sense of urgency. The last point can be the most difficult to demonstrate. For KPLU, the urgency was easy to understand: simply do or die.
  • Community works. The don’t call it PUBLIC media for nothing. The largest gift in this campaign was $250,000. A few came in at the $100,000 level, but most of the 24,000-plus contributions were relatively modest. If not for the sheer volume of gifts, Friends of 88.5 would never have reached the $7 million goal.
  • Challenges work. Challenges and public radio are like peas and carrots, to paraphrase Forest Gump. KPLU used them to full advantage, amassing a series of $500,000 challenges to pogo-stick their way to their final goal.
  • Crowdfunding works. GiveBIG, Washington’s annual giving day sponsored by Seattle Foundation, is what tipped the scales in this campaign. They will have to rename it “Give Gi-normous” in 2017, given that KPLU smashed all previous records by raising close to $1.5 million on this single day.
  • A simple but dogged plan works. The KPLU campaign overcame one obstacle after another. We stuck to a simple plan of using staff time to approach the top prospects, and keep contacting them until we got an answer. Most of the lead gifts were put into the challenge pool, which were then presented to the public, who gobbled them up like popcorn.

The coming months will be spent negotiating the sale agreement with PLU, seeking approval from the FCC, and forming a transition plan. From a development perspective, though, this is one for the record books, and something that other public media would do well to study for relevant takeaways.

 

 

The post KPLU Makes Public Media History appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/kplu-makes-public-media-history/feed/ 0
Engaging the Elusive Tech Millennial Donor http://collinsgroup.com/general/engaging-the-elusive-tech-millennial-donor/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/engaging-the-elusive-tech-millennial-donor/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 19:04:58 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3118 This post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in our […]

The post Engaging the Elusive Tech Millennial Donor appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
People looking at phones-smallThis post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in our demographics, economy, and beliefs are impacting philanthropy in our region. Join the conversation!

Young tech talent is flocking to the Northwest from around the country and world. As Associate Consultant Anna Goren discussed in last month’s post about the fate of local faith-based nonprofits, thanks to the tech boom, our region is “now home to one of the highest concentrations of wealthy millennials in the nation, who are poised to have the largest buying power of any generation in the U.S. by 2017” (Millenial Impact Report). Seattle is now tied for having the fourth highest percentage of “superrich millennials” in the country (Seattle Times). In Portland, tech talent growth is outpacing Silicon Valley (Portland Business Journal).

With all that wealth, tech millennials have the potential to make a significant impact on our community, and the fundraising sector is all abuzz with talk of engagement strategies for this seemingly “elusive” population. As a millennial with many tech millennial friends, I can tell you that they are educated, savvy, smart, and community-minded. All you need is a common sense approach.

6 Ways to Engage Tech Millennials

  1. Take them seriously, as you would any potential significant donor. Assume they are knowledgeable and aware of issues facing the community.
  2. Hire millennials. One of the best ways to engage a particular group is to have a member of the group on staff who will bring first-hand knowledge of and insight into the population you’re targeting.
  3. Emphasize impact. Anna also said this last month but it bears repeating: According to the Millenial Impact Report, “78 percent of millennials were very likely or somewhat likely to stop donating if they didn’t know how the donation was making an impact.” I’d wager the percentage is even higher for tech millennials, who tend to be “investor donors.”
  4. Let them lead. Millennials are often overlooked for board positions since young people are presumed to have limited experience and connections. On the contrary, millennials—especially ones who work in tech and who live and breathe social media—are probably better connected than the rest of us!
  5. Develop an outreach strategy to attract them, including volunteer opportunities and targeted events. Newcomers are thirsty for opportunities to meet people, and tech millennials crave something more intellectually stimulating than the local club. Great example: “OMSI After Dark” (think science fair meets beer garden).
  6. Tap into their intellectual curiosity. Tech people are not just smart; they get truly excited about innovation and creativity. Think of ways to capture the attention of this group and scratch their intellectual itch. Ask your executive director to provide insight on a recent event in the news, or consider hosting a forum with leading experts on a particular mission-related topic.

Tech millennials should be an integral part of fueling your donor pipeline. Make your organization accessible to them, and it will pay off!

Join the conversation

Have a comment on this post or an idea for this blog series? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a suggestion in the comments below, or contact us at info@collinsgroup.com.

The post Engaging the Elusive Tech Millennial Donor appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/engaging-the-elusive-tech-millennial-donor/feed/ 0
Collins Group Hiring Senior and Associate Consultants http://collinsgroup.com/general/collins-group-hiring-senior-and-associate-consultants/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/collins-group-hiring-senior-and-associate-consultants/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:23:28 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3110 Job Openings We are currently hiring for the following positions: Senior Consultant Associate Consultant Please read the complete position descriptions for information on how to apply.  

The post Collins Group Hiring Senior and Associate Consultants appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
Job Openings

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Senior Consultant
Associate Consultant

Please read the complete position descriptions for information on how to apply.

 

The post Collins Group Hiring Senior and Associate Consultants appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/collins-group-hiring-senior-and-associate-consultants/feed/ 0
Collins’ partner YMCA of Snohomish County receives Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising http://collinsgroup.com/general/collins-partner-ymca-of-snohomish-county-receives-eagle-award-for-excellence-in-fundraising/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/collins-partner-ymca-of-snohomish-county-receives-eagle-award-for-excellence-in-fundraising/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:26:38 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3102 April 6, 2016 Tomorrow evening, April 7, 2016, staff at YMCA of Snohomish County, Washington, will be honored at the Eagle Award Banquet at the NAYDO (North American YMCA Development […]

The post Collins’ partner YMCA of Snohomish County receives Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
April 6, 2016

Tomorrow evening, April 7, 2016, staff at YMCA of Snohomish County, Washington, will be honored at the Eagle Award Banquet at the NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) Conference in Detroit. The award recognizes “associations who are integrating philanthropy into all aspects of YMCA work in North America.” Having partnered with the Y for the past five years, we at Collins are delighted (and not the least bit surprised) to see them receiving this distinction.

“This recognition is reflective of every aspect of our work at the Y and we want to recognize and congratulate each member of our team!” said Scott Washburn, President and CEO, when sharing the news with staff and supporters.

Beyond just acknowledging the actual dollars raised, award nominees were also evaluated in multiple categories recognized in the fundraising industry as crucial to successful development, including leadership involvement in fundraising, relationship building across the organization, board engagement with development, effective communications, and more.

“This is a team award and is representative of the importance of our significant Social Responsibility work,” said Scott Sadler, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Collins’ partnership with YMCA of Snohomish County goes back to 2011, when we conducted a campaign planning study. Since then, 95% of the funds needs for the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA have been raised and the new facility will open early this fall. The new Everett YMCA secured its site last year and is preparing for groundbreaking in 2018.

“This award is awesome,” says Collins President & CEO, Aggie Sweeney, who serves as lead counsel to the Y. “The Y is really expanding its services and strengthening partnerships with the community. They have secured some of the largest gifts we have seen for any human services campaign this decade, and they are also reaching new goals with their annual campaign.”

The post Collins’ partner YMCA of Snohomish County receives Eagle Award for Excellence in Fundraising appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/collins-partner-ymca-of-snohomish-county-receives-eagle-award-for-excellence-in-fundraising/feed/ 0
Are faith-based nonprofits doomed in the Northwest? http://collinsgroup.com/general/are-faith-based-nonprofits-doomed-in-the-northwest/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/are-faith-based-nonprofits-doomed-in-the-northwest/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:15:23 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3098 This post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in […]

The post Are faith-based nonprofits doomed in the Northwest? appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
R.I.PThis post is part of our 2016 blog series, The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest. All year long we’ll be exploring how the profound changes and contrasts in our demographics, economy, and beliefs are impacting philanthropy in our region. Join the conversation!


 

Shortly before World War I, a Methodist leader reportedly commented that the “air of the Northwest [is] too rare for prayer.”

Roughly a century later, the Pacific Northwest is still known for its unique brand of polite secularism. Research supports that ours is the most “unchurched” region in the United States, with 63 percent of individuals choosing not to participate in church, synagogue, mosque, or temple, according to Dr. Patricia Killen.

Thanks to our booming tech industry, the Northwest is also now home to one of the highest concentrations of wealthy millennials in the nation, who are poised to have the largest buying power of any generation in the U.S. by 2017. And millennials promise to take this secular trend to new heights. Now the fastest growing demographic in the country, millennials are twice as likely to be religiously unaffiliated as their parents and three times as likely as their grandparents, according to the Millennial Impact Report.

So, are religiously affiliated nonprofits doomed in the Northwest?

Hardly. While these numbers tell us that attendance at Sunday mass may be dwindling away, it’s hard to imagine the Northwest without many of its leading universities, hospitals, and human services organizations. Washington state’s largest local provider of assistance to poor and vulnerable people is Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Seattle’s oldest refugee resettlement organization, in operation for 124 years, is Jewish Family Service. One of the largest charities in the country, Worldvision International, is an Evangelical Christian organization headquartered in Federal Way. The list goes on.

Creating a more broadly appealing case for faith-based nonprofits

Historically, faith-based organizations have seized natural opportunities to rally an already-assembled community around values-based causes. However, people often (and usually erroneously) perceive that faith-based orgs restrict their services to their own faith communities, and so secular donors may be less inclined to give.

There are a few things your faith-based nonprofit can do to better communicate your role in a secular society under the growing influence of millennial donors—without compromising your beliefs and values:

  1. Highlight issue expertise. While donors who are part of the religious community already have many opportunities to connect with faith-based organizations, secular donors sometimes have fewer natural entry points. If your organization has developed expertise over time in a certain issue, population, or program that is relevant to the public, make it known! Share your knowledge in networks that focus on these issues, positioning yourselves as community institutions and thought leaders.
  2. Highlight secular partnerships. Because of their longevity and permanence, faith-based organizations often provide government services through contracts and are well connected to other organizations. When you draw attention to these partnerships, you demonstrate your organization’s role as a key player in the wider nonprofit landscape and improve visibility in broader circles.
  3. Take the ‘humanist’ angle. A case built around religious motivations for giving can mobilize some while alienating others. Instead, focus on humanist language from your faith tradition, which will resonate with your religious base and help rally the wider community. For example, Seattle University, rated one of the top five colleges in Washington state, is a Jesuit institution with a diverse, multi-faith student body. It’s mission statement draws from Jesuit teachings, but articulates a much wider vision:
    Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.
  4. Emphasize impacts. The best ways to inspire donor confidence are communicating consistently and documenting measured impact. According to the Millenial Impact Report, 85 percent of millennials are motivated to give by a compelling mission or cause that speaks to them personally, not because of a workplace, religious, or celebrity endorsement. They are also more demanding as donors: 78 percent were very likely or somewhat likely to stop donating if they didn’t know how the donation was making an impact.
  5. Control perceptions. It’s easier to believe that “Jewish Family Service” is restricted to people of Jewish faith than to assume “Worldvision” only helps Christians. If changing your name is out of the question, clarify loudly and often that you serve the larger community. Highlight donor and impact stories that show the breadth of your impact, and publicize statements like this website FAQ from Catholic Community Services:
    Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services help all people regardless of their religious affiliation. We don’t ask about people’s beliefs, we ask how we can help.

Faith-based nonprofits are an integral piece of the social safety net and civic fabric of our community. Millennials are rapidly becoming the high-capacity philanthropists of tomorrow. With a little bit of shared understanding, these two groups can have a long and bright future together.

Join the conversation

Have an idea for this blog series? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a suggestion in the comments below, or contact us at info@collinsgroup.com.

 

 

 

 

The post Are faith-based nonprofits doomed in the Northwest? appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/are-faith-based-nonprofits-doomed-in-the-northwest/feed/ 0
The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest: Our 2016 Blog Series http://collinsgroup.com/general/the-changing-faces-of-philanthropy-in-the-northwest-our-2016-blog-series/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/the-changing-faces-of-philanthropy-in-the-northwest-our-2016-blog-series/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:04:11 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3073 Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast. We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes […]

The post The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest: Our 2016 Blog Series appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
A wall clock with the red text "Time For Change" on the white wall.Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast.

We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes on the same street where a family lives in its car. Our regional map is dotted with the “whitest city in America” (Portland) and the some of the most diverse zip codes in the country.

Boomtown, aka Seattle, is the fastest growing big city in the U.S. This land of opportunity is a gateway for immigrants, who are reshaping our religious and cultural makeup. It’s also a destination for California tech workers “fleeing” the spendy Bay Area in search of (relatively) less expensive housing and a desk at Amazon. Yet drive a few miles in any direction and you will find rural areas in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho that have yet to emerge from the Great Recession. And even with this influx of new residents, populations in both Washington and Oregon are growing older.

As Northwest natives, we at Collins Group experience these changes and contrasts alongside our nonprofit partners and their communities and donors. After all, philanthropy is part of our region’s DNA. If our communities are evolving, our philanthropy must be as well.

So, how are the profound changes and contrasts in our demographics, economy, and beliefs impacting philanthropy in the Northwest?

It’s not a simple answer, and it’s not one we can address in just one blog post. Our team has decided to spend the whole year reflecting on this big question—in the context of the work we do every day with the nonprofit community.

A Fresh Look at Philanthropy in Our Region

This exploration will be driven by local knowledge, experience, and insight developed through working with hundreds of Northwest organizations, and informed by the latest research and data on giving trends we can find, including Money for Good 2015 being presented at AFP Advancement Northwest’s Forum on Strategic Fundraising in June. We hope you’ll join the conversation by posting your thoughts, comments, and experiences from your own work and communities. Here’s a sample of the kinds of questions we’ll tackle this year:

  • Growing Wealth Inequality: How is philanthropy responding to the growing wealth inequality in our region? What is philanthropy’s role in making our region more equitable and inclusive?
  • Aging Population: What impact will the aging population have on philanthropic investment in our region, now and in the future? Who are the next generation of philanthropists in this region?
  • Evolving Economy: How is the rise of young tech workers changing philanthropy in the Northwest? How is the influx of foreign investors impacting philanthropy?
  • Shifting Beliefs: How are new people from other areas of the country and world changing our region’s religious make-up—and faith-based giving?

 

Join the conversation

Have an idea for this blog series? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a suggestion in the comments below, or contact us at info@collinsgroup.com.

The post The Changing Faces of Philanthropy in the Northwest: Our 2016 Blog Series appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/the-changing-faces-of-philanthropy-in-the-northwest-our-2016-blog-series/feed/ 0
Early Returns: Giving increased again in 2015 http://collinsgroup.com/general/early-returns-giving-increased-again-in-2015/ http://collinsgroup.com/general/early-returns-giving-increased-again-in-2015/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:42:46 +0000 http://collinsgroup.com/?p=3059 We often get asked, “What changes are you seeing in giving in the Northwest?” Behind the question is inevitably a concern regarding how global economic uncertainty, national issues spotlighted in […]

The post Early Returns: Giving increased again in 2015 appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
Symbol of rising interest rates on white background. Financial conceptWe often get asked, “What changes are you seeing in giving in the Northwest?” Behind the question is inevitably a concern regarding how global economic uncertainty, national issues spotlighted in the Presidential campaign, widening income inequality, and a host of other issues will impact my nonprofit’s capacity to raise more money and advance its mission.

While you can’t control all the critical issues of our times, you can stay focused on conveying your impact and your vision for doing more good.

This message hit home as I reviewed 2015 giving results released in the past few weeks.

The 50 most generous donors in America last year gave nearly $7 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The top 50 list included four from the Northwest.  Billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates (ranked #6) and Paul Allen
(ranked #17) made the list again, as they have for several years. Their generosity has helped to transform our region and world over the past two decades and continues to drive change for good. The two other Northwest donors making this year’s top 50 list left surprises for the charities named in their estates. Myrtle Woldson, age 104, left the bulk of her $55+ million estate to Gonzaga University. Living in the same city but never attending the university, she was known to Gonzaga’s leaders, but even they were surprised by the level of her generosity. Seattle’s Donald Sirkin, age 86, had never given to Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (San Francisco) when he was alive, but he left his $125 million estate to the organization.  Their stories of philanthropy are heart-warming and showcase the Northwest’s strong culture of philanthropy.

While the largest gifts capture headlines, changing philanthropic trends are most noticeable when we look at all giving: where it’s going, and how. Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report: How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2015 includes overall giving data from 5,379 nonprofits representing $18.2 billion in total fundraising.  While total giving numbers for 2015 won’t be released by Giving USA until June 14, this sample likely represents 15-20% of all giving—enough to draw some pretty safe conclusions:

  • Giving is still on this rise, but slowing. The Blackbaud report’s key findings indicate that overall giving grew approximately 1.6%.
  • The internet is making a significant impact on philanthropy.
    • Online giving increased 9.2%.
    • 14% of online gifts were made on a mobile device.
    • #GivingTuesday 2015 was on December 1, and its 52% increase in online donations helped giving in December increase to 17.4% of total giving for the year.

These trends are consistent with many nonprofits’ experience in the Northwest. Giving has recovered from the recession and is increasing, but year-over-year growth rates for annual giving is showing signs of slowing. At Collins, we are being asked more and more to provide thought leadership and counsel around online giving and strategies for events like #GivingTuesday and GiveBIG.

So what should you do differently, if anything?

Invest in your online giving program. While crowdsourced funding is still no substitute—and probably never will be except in highly unusual cases—for a robust major gifts program, you are leaving money on the table (and younger donors out of your pipeline) by neglecting your online presence or failing to leverage online giving days.

Get into campaign mode—even if you are not in a campaign. Our clients who are in campaigns, because they are highly focused on conveying mission and impact, are seeing the biggest gains at all giving levels. As one director of development reported on why their annual giving is up, “Because of our capital campaigns, we are doing a better job engaging our donors and conveying the difference we are making. We have also stepped up our marketing efforts and are keeping our brand front of mind.”

And you never know whose mind you are on, as Myrtle Woldson and Donald Sirkin would no doubt affirm!

The post Early Returns: Giving increased again in 2015 appeared first on Collins Group.

]]>
http://collinsgroup.com/general/early-returns-giving-increased-again-in-2015/feed/ 0