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The Top Private Charitable Foundations in Your State

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Aug 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Private charitable foundations.

To the general public, they’re just those names they hear read off at the end of their favorite NPR show.

But to nonprofit development workers, they’re a valuable source of funding and support.

Many of these foundations pay out millions of dollars a year to deserving nonprofit organizations. Often times, the causes they support align with the values of the wealthy individual who founded them (even if he or she has long since passed).

So who are the biggest players in private foundations near you? I put together this handy spreadsheet breaking down the largest foundations by state, along with how much they distributed in the form of grants for the latest calendar year available (2014 for most).

Take a look to see who’s near you!

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Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, Fundraising Data,

Bookmark These Tools to Make Sense of Your Fundraising Data

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on May 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Math is a lot like singing.

It’s one of those things that we all used to do, but not really anymore. And if you ever ask us to do it we apologize and belittle ourselves and say things like “Oh gosh, I’m so bad at it, don’t judge me.”

It’s exactly this attitude and lack of confidence that scares people off about being a data-driven fundraiser.

Data? Testing? Stats? Oh no, that’s not for me.

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Topics: online fundraising, Fundraising Data,, Data-Driven Fundraising,

Talk Nerdy To Me: New Data On Donation Pages

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on May 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Have you ever looked at your website’s donation page stats and thought to yourself:

“Is this good? Should my page be doing better?”

Wonder no more! I’ve dug into the numbers for you to find out how well a typical donation page performs, the value of a donation page visitor, average donation size, the devices donors use, and more!

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Topics: online fundraising, Fundraising Data,, donation pages,

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