29 March

It’s Time to Question Fundraising “Best Practices”

It’s Time to Question Fundraising “Best Practices”

When you started your nonprofit career, you probably heard things like: “If you want a major gift, make sure you mention who else is giving what.” “Competition and recognition work; identify who wants to lead the campaign and give the top gift.” “Access to leadership will incentivize donors.” “This is how you ask for an […]

17 January

The “Traditional” Donor Life Cycle May Not Apply to Women

The “Traditional” Donor Life Cycle May Not Apply to Women

In your work as a fundraiser, you may use the term “donor life cycle.” This model charts the path of a donor through several sequential phases of engagement and giving to causes they care about: first gift, occasional gifts, consistent annual gifts, major or stretch gifts, leadership role and accompanying giving, and finally, a planned […]

29 November

The Engagement Trap: Moving from Meaningful Connection to Meaningful Gift

The Engagement Trap: Moving from Meaningful Connection to Meaningful Gift

The research on women’s philanthropy highlights again and again that women want to be engaged before they are asked for a gift. For example, in their 2015 report, “Where Do Men and Women Give?,” the Women’s Philanthropy Institute found: Women report that they are motivated to give because they are on the board or volunteer […]

20 August

Do You Focus on Women? It Matters to Your Bottom Line.

Do You Focus on Women? It Matters to Your Bottom Line.

I am committed to growing women’s philanthropy. Why? I’ve been in the philanthropic sector for 35 years as a woman donor, fundraiser and nonprofit leader. In that time, I’ve seen women’s power and earnings grow – and the philanthropic sector repeatedly fail to take full advantage of this new reality. I’m frustrated that the philanthropic […]

17 July

Use This Powerful Tool To Start Integrating Women’s Philanthropy Today

Use This Powerful Tool To Start Integrating Women’s Philanthropy Today

When you realize the effect a women’s philanthropy program will have on your organization’s ability to create a bigger impact, you will be eager to get started. But such an endeavor can feel overwhelming. You may look blankly at your screen and think, “Where do I start?” The answer? Create and declare a clear vision […]

14 December

We can’t THINK ourselves to change

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We can’t THINK ourselves to change

Susan* was excited about her promotion from leading a program team of four to COO of the organization. She had been with the organization for five years, lived the mission through the field programs she helped develop, believed in their impact, and was eager to help the whole organization grow. Susan came to the first […]

6 December

Women Drive Philanthropy: Are You Adapting?

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Women Drive Philanthropy: Are You Adapting?

For the first time, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) has investigated gender differences in giving across generations in their seventh annual report*, Women Give 2016. The results are extraordinarily clear: “Women Give 2016 finds that men’s and women’s donor behavior has changed over the past four decades, and that women now have greater influence over […]