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Last Chance! Major Gift Webinar

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jun 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

We're taking a brief break from the blog today to prepare for our webinar today at 1:00!

What's that?

You haven't registered yet?

Get on that! This is your last chance to get in on our major gift webinar! It's all going down at 1:00PM eastern time today.

Click here to register!

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Topics: Major Gifts, webinars,, major gift prospecting,, major gift fundraising,

What The Harvard Mega Donation Teaches Us About Major Gifts

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jun 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve kept an eye on the news lately, you’ve likely heard about the recent mega gift to Harvard University courtesy of John Paulson totaling $400 million.

Four. Hundred. Million. $400,000,000. A four with eight zeros after it.

He must have really small handwriting to be able to fit that on a check…

There’s been no shortage of opinions on the gift. In fact, in my Google Alert file I keep on major gifts, I saw one headline that read “Essay urges people to applaud Harvard's fund-raising success” and right below it another one that read “Essay criticizes the $400 million gift to Harvard.”

Everyone has something to say, and a lot of it is very compelling.

But aside from the Should-He/Shouldn’t-He debate, there are lessons to be learned for fundraisers.

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Topics: Major Gifts, major gift prospecting,, major gift fundraising,

What Scares Fundraisers the MOST About Major Gifts? [New Data]

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jun 15, 2015 10:00:00 AM

It should come as no surprise that fundraisers have excellent people skills.

In fact, the best major gift fundraisers have a unique blend of skills that allow them to converse and carry on with just about anybody. They’re the very definition of a people person and conversationalist.

But major gift fundraising isn’t all schmoozing and conversing, and that’s where many fundraisers feel their weaknesses are.

So what scares fundraisers the most about major gift fundraising?

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Topics: Major Gifts, major gift prospecting,, major gift fundraising,

Free Webinar: How to Close a Major Gift (Even If You've Never Done It Before)

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Jun 3, 2015 9:45:00 AM

Our last webinar was a big hit. We had a super engaged audience that was double the size we had originally hoped for.

So how do we follow that up?

We do it again, of course!

We're pumped to announce our second webinar, "How to Close a Major Gift (Even If You've Never Done It 

Before)!"

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Topics: Major Gifts, webinars,, major gift prospecting,, major gift fundraising,

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