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Charitable Giving Report: How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2013

February 3, 2014

The Charitable Giving Report, derived from The Blackbaud Index, includes overall giving data from 4,129 nonprofit organizations representing $12.5 billion in total fundraising from 2013. The Report also includes online giving data from 3,359 nonprofits representing $1.7 billion in online fundraising from 2013. This year's report features the addition of overall charitable giving data from 985 organizations and online giving data from 778 organizations.

Charitable Giving Report: How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2012

February 5, 2013

This report provides the largest analysis of overall and online giving trends in the nonprofit sector. Its aim is to provide a benchmark for giving and help inform nonprofits' fundraising strategies in 2013. Provides data on giving by sector and month, and outlines strategies that fundraisers are using in various sectors.

Growing Philanthropy in the United States: A Report on the June 2011 Washington, D.C. Growing Philanthropy Summit

October 1, 2011

This paper summarizes the Summit's conclusions and recommendations in four categories: enhancing the quality of donor relationships; developing public trust and confidence in the sector; identifying new audiences, channels, and forms of giving with a strong potential for growth; and improving the quality of fundraising training and development. It addresses these issues in light of research showing that individual giving has remained flat despite advances in fundraising practices and the emergence of new digital channels. With bibliographical references.

The Supporter Journey

September 30, 2011

Covers five stages of the donor relationship lifecycle, recommending that nonprofit fundraisers analyze and identify the best prospects through research and analytics, segment and target the most likely supporters, engage and communicate through a multichannel approach, appreciate and retain donors with relevant communications across the entire organization, and measure and manage donor information into an action plan for future success.

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative Summer/Early Fall 2011

September 1, 2011

Fundraising data are typically collected at the organization level and seldom aggregated across different types and sizes of charitable organizations. This Nonprofit Research Collaborative Summer/Early Fall 2011 report is one step in the direction to collect data about current charitable organizational practices around fundraising. The survey asked about the directions of change in giving in the first half of 2011, fundraising methods used, where organizations are investing more in fundraising, and when (or if) organizations track fundraising costs, including direct expenses and staff time. A special section of the survey asked about campaigns—including special projects, capital, endowment, or comprehensive campaigns.

Prospect Research for the Non-researcher

April 12, 2011

Provides a list of online resources that a fundraiser can consult when prioritizing a list of prospects. These sites provide information on real estate, donations, public company insiders, and income. Also offers advice on estimating a prospect's giving capacity.

The 2010 Nonprofit Fundraising Survey: Funds Raised in 2010 Compared with 2009

March 1, 2011

More organizations saw growth (43 percent) than declines (33 percent). Combined, two‐thirds of respondents said they saw contributions increase or stay about the same as in 2009. This is an improvement over a year ago at the same time, when 46 percent reported a decline and only 54 percent saw growth or stable contributions levels.  A far larger share in 2010 saw stable amounts of contributions received (24 percent versus 11 percent last year at this time). The shift between 2009 and 2010 is from "decreased" to "about the same".  The results in this wave are an improvement over the November 2010 survey conducted by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative. At that time, 36 percent of responding charities reported an increase and 37 percent reported a decrease in the first nine months of 2010. This suggests that the "uptick" in giving anticipated in the last weeks of 2010 might have occurred, but nonetheless, the growth in contributions received did not match expectations for the year.

Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report, 2012

January 1, 2011

Report provides insights about the most important behavior and trends surrounding social networking as part of a nonprofits? marketing, communications, fundraising, program and IT services. Lists the top five commercial social networks for nonprofits, average community sizes on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and profiles of seven master social fundraisers ($100K+). Over 11,000 nonprofit professionals responded to the January 2011 survey. Published in association with Nonprofit Technology Network and Blackbaud.

2010 State of the Nonprofit Industry Survey: North America Survey Results

December 1, 2010

Blackbaud has conducted its North American State of the Nonprofit Industry Survey annually for six of the past seven years. The study asks nonprofit leaders to report on some of the management strategies they're using, and the degree to which they anticipate changes in their organizations this year and next. Included in the study are questions about:*General operations (including staffing, budgets, and organizational challenges)*Fundraising*Technology and Internet usage*Accountability and stewardshipThe survey report provides an overview of information that can help nonprofits assess their operations and compare theirperformance with that of other nonprofit organizations.

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative: November 2010 Fundraising Survey

November 1, 2010

In this ninth annual survey of nonprofit organizations (charities and foundations), respondents answered questions comparing their organizations' total contributions in the first nine months of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009. Nearly the same percentage of organizations reported that giving was up as those that reported giving was down. Of the about 2,500 responses, 36 percent said giving rose and 37 percent said giving fell, while the other 26 percent reported that total giving remained the same.

Cultivating Lifelong Donors: Stewardship and the Fundraising Pyramid

September 9, 2010

This handbook helps nonprofits build long-term giving programs that span the entire supporter lifecycle, from engagement through the end of life. It highlights strategies for engaging new supporters online, investigates the characteristics of loyal donors, examines the importance of developing personal relationships with transitional giving prospects, and discusses donor cultivation.

2008 Index of Higher Education Fundraising Performance: Summary of Annual Fund Key Performance Indicators

April 1, 2009

Analyses are based on fiscal year 2008 donor transactions from 33 public and 32 private universities and colleges.