Why, How and When to Communicate Your Nonprofit Outcomes

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions has successfully completed nonprofit fundraising campaigns throughout the country by focusing on outcomes, not outputs. These are two distinct concepts used to measure and communicate the impact of their programs and activities, outputs and outcomes. Outputs are tangible activities such as the number of classes held, people housed, or children tutored, and […]

Tom’s Takeaways – Corporate Money Realities

Recently, I received an email with a link to a report produced jointly by Classy, a GoFundMe affiliate, and Double the Donation, entitled Uncover Corporate Partnership Opportunities With Your Nonprofit Data. Since a majority of investors in our client’s campaigns, if not directly related to businesses, have corporate ties, this naturally merited some attention. This […]

Tom’s Takeaways: The Decline of Individual Giving, 2023 Edition

The recent release of the Giving USA 2023 report, widely quoted and the most robust annual review of giving trends by donor and recipient type, showed a decline in individual giving in 2022 of 6.4 percent, or 13.4 percent adjusted for inflation. Alarming? Possibly. Surprising? No. Cause for Pause?  I hope so. Why Alarming? Anytime […]

Maximizing Fundraising Potential: The Importance of an Advancement Accelerator for Independent Schools

fundraising data is critical for sustainability

  In the competitive landscape of fundraising, independent schools face unique challenges in cultivating relationships with donors and establishing themselves as credible institutions worth investing in. To navigate these complexities, schools can benefit greatly from an Advancement Accelerator—an in-depth review of their fundraising and advancement strategies, policies, and processes. This integrative process can help school […]

The Downside of the 90/10 Rule in Fundraising

If you’re afraid to look at your 401(k) balances lately, join the club.  The stock market has been in a rut (officially called a trading range) for many months now, and your balance is likely to be significantly lower than it was two short years ago.  Rising interest rates have been blamed for everything from […]

5 Benefits of Outsourcing Your Nonprofit Resource Development Services

Representation of Resource Development Services filling a staffing gap

Nonprofit resource development requires significant investments of time and energy from a nonprofit’s staff. As a result, even organizations with large teams may find it challenging to assess and restructure their fundraising infrastructure to maximize their ability to capitalize on existing opportunities and keep pace with changing funder dynamics.  The capital campaign consultants at Convergent […]