Fundraising & Development

Blog Post
Posted December 12, 2011
Along the west side of Broad Street, on a once-fabled block, the neon beer signs lighting the storefront deli window draw regular traffic. The shuttered Uptown Theater next door, where James Brown once shimmied, Diana Ross cooed, and live bands battled, also, finally, shows signs of life: construction fence, hard-hatted workers, squealing power tools. And come Christmas Eve, there is hope the grand marquee, dark for decades, will shine again.
Professional Development Event
Posted December 6, 2011
Come learn how the Business Privilege Tax works and how to avoid or cure headaches from the experts.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
If you're the one person in your organization focused on fundraising, you know how difficult it can be to juggle all the demands. This session will help you get clear about what you need to be doing with your limited time and resources to be successful in fundraising. Learn the secrets of planning and using systems that will make your life easier. Learn how to best use your time to get the most done during the day, and which fundraising tasks you should focus on to bring in the most money.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
A successful organization provides its donors with many opportunities to support its mission, and solicits them multiple times each year through multiple channels (staff, board, volunteers, direct mail, e-mail, etc). However, donors can easily become confused and burned out by uncoordinated and “competing” solicitations for memberships, special event sponsorships, auxiliary dues, capital campaigns, annual fund, planned giving society, etc. One of the greatest challenges, and therefore opportunities, in establishing or growing a major gifts program is to integrate, or "blend," these solicitations into one coherent donor strategy and solicitation. In this webinar we will discuss how to do so, which will result in more meaningful philanthropic discussions with our major gift donors and prospects, and greater support for our organizations’ mission.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
You have your development plan in place. Now, how to you get your board and your CEO to get involved in implementing the plan? Even if they have said they would embrace their fundraising role, they might still feel “it isn’t my job,” or “isn’t that why we hired a development director?” In this webinar we will talk about why CEOs and boards think like this and how you can get them not only willing to get involved but excited about the opportunity to help with your fundraising efforts.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Whether your organization is embarking on a capital campaign, preparing grant proposals or developing your annual fund materials, the Case for Support is the first critical element in your fundraising program. In this webinar we will discuss the importance of the case and how it is used, list the key elements in a case for support, and learn how to evaluate case statements.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Is corporate philanthropy dead or dying? If so, how can we resurrect it? Today’s economy is challenging for corporations, individuals and especially for nonprofits. If your organization has relied on corporate support in the past or is thinking about how to best approach businesses in a challenging economy, this session will be one you don’t want to miss. Based on research for a new book, this session will discuss the challenges facing corporations today and how nonprofits can develop win-win situations to encourage corporate philanthropy. We will discuss how to approach corporate leaders, how to motivate them to become involved in your organization, and how to develop a corporate appeal.
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Upgrading. Everyone knows they should do it, but what does it mean? How do you decide which donors to ask for more money than they are already giving? How do you avoid being rude? What happens if you don’t upgrade?
Professional Development Event
Posted November 9, 2011
Many development officers are so relieved when the fiscal year or calendar year comes to an end, they don't even want to think about work over the holidays. The year-end mailings are done, the events are on hold until next year, the grant deadlines have all been met, so let’s just take some time off. Your donors are not available during the holidays so what do you do to fill your time? Why not spend the next month getting ready so you can hit the ground running in 2012!
Blog Post
Posted November 8, 2011
Philadelphia Orchestra Association to U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Please stop the national musicians' pension fund from harassing our donors. In a motion filed last week in the association's Chapter 11 case, orchestra management says the American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund is seeking financial information from 16 philanthropists "only in a continued effort to embarrass and harass the [association] and their donors."
Blog Post
Posted October 31, 2011
Even though its new four-year labor contract with musicians will compel the Philadelphia Orchestra Association to raise $5.9 million more than it had anticipated, the association sought approval of the pact Wednesday from U.S. bankruptcy court.
Blog Post
Posted October 28, 2011
The parternship includes weekly, student-written previews of some of the best arts events the city has to offer. Starting next Friday, a Drexel-affiliated writer will take a broader look at the Philadelphia arts scene on a regular basis. You can find the first Art Attack on Page 53 of the Daily News.
Professional Development Event
Posted October 27, 2011
Your donors want to see some results before they'll give again. And you know that producing an annual report is a nonprofit management best practice. But that doesn't mean you have to write and design a 20+ page tome. In fact, many donors say they'd prefer something much shorter, clearer, and more direct. They much rather see one of several print and online formats that we consider the new and improved nonprofit annual report.
Professional Development Event
Posted October 27, 2011
Research proves that thank-you letters are incredibly important in turning a first-time donor into a life-long giver. Donors want much more than an acknowledgement and receipt. They want to know how you used the gift and that they are a genuine part of your success.
Professional Development Event
Posted October 27, 2011
You know that the holiday season is the time of year when the nonprofit sector as a whole raises the most money. Maybe you are doing an end-of-year direct mail letter. Maybe not. Either way, you can quickly create a multi-part email series to your supporters that goes out during the last six weeks of the year to raise more money for your nonprofit online. Sounds like a lot of work? Not really, especially if you follow some of the plans we'll share during this webinar. During this webinar, you'll . . .
Blog Post
Posted October 26, 2011
The United States Postal Service is suffering a deficit that a few members of Congress are proposing to fix, in part, with an increase in postage rates to nonprofits.
Blog Post
Posted October 26, 2011
Two reports released Monday show a disconnect between what nonprofits provide to their workers and what employees say is essential to their job satisfaction. Seventy percent of workers in two surveys said their jobs were either disappointing or only somewhat fulfilling. That might be a reason 25 percent of workers said they were considering looking for a job outside the nonprofit world.
Blog Post
Posted October 25, 2011
Days are colder. Nights are longer. The tomatoes are gone and the flowers are browning. It's a bittersweet time for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is removing a temporary garden nestled among downtown Philadelphia office buildings for good.
Blog Post
Posted October 20, 2011
When Verizon Hall opened in December 2001, it came with an enormous footnote. Don't rush to judgment, acousticians from Artec said. A new hall requires "tuning" before anyone can know how it really sounds.
Blog Post
Posted October 18, 2011
Since the city dubbed a 3.5-mile stretch of Broad Street the Avenue of the Arts in 1993, most of the action has happened south of City Hall. With the addition of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, South Broad has lived up to its reputation as the city's cultural heart. The northern half of the arts district, from City Hall to Glenwood Avenue, has always been a harder sell. It's pockmarked with vacant lots, and the derelict Divine Lorraine Hotel at Ridge and Fairmount Avenues stands like a glaring symbol of blight. But in the past year, major projects have opened, and more than $500 million in new development is planned for the stretch of North Broad from City Hall to Temple University.
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