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Philanthropy by the Numbers: The Stories Behind the Stats

NPExperts-Philanthropy By The Numbers

Have you seen the recently released npEXPERTS eBook:  Philanthropy by the Numbers: The Stories Behind the Stats?  As the folks at Blackbaud describe it: It’s a collection of “11 of the best and brightest minds in philanthropy speaking up about what’s happening in the sector today and how these trends are shaping the future.”

I have the honor of sharing my own thoughts on communication and year-end appeals…and NO it’s not too early in the year to be talking about this topic.  The ebook has some fantastic articles from some smart people that dive into the latest trends reshaping the way we raise money and how we are defining a new philanthropic era.  You’ll want to read this issue cover to cover, not only to better understand the trends, but also for practical advice to rethink your work to make sure you’re keep pace with the changes.

Here’s the table of contents & collection of authors:

  • Philanthropy is a Leadership Issue by Marc Pitman (Concord Leadership Group)
  • A Culture that Values Learning by Mary Winkler (Urban Institute)
  • From Grants to Management to Foundation Management by Annie Rhodes (MicroEdge)


  • There’s Something About Data by Steve MacLaughlin (Blackbaud)
  • Why Individual Giving Strategies Don’t Work in Communities of Color by Vu Le (Rainier Valley Corps)
  • Donor Retention: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Raise Gail Perry (Fired-Up Fundraising)
  • Cutting Through the Clutter of Year-End Appeals by Lori L. Jacobwith (Ignited Fundraising)


  • The New Wave of Peer-to-Leer Fundraising by David Hessekiel (Cause Marketing Forum)
  • Reaching Your Community through Social Media and Advocacy by Austin Graff (Honest Tea)
  • Mobile Tech Will Transform Funding & Change the World by Heather Mansfield (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
  • Donor Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue by Rick Dunham (Dunham + Company)

There is a ton of information packed into this ebook. Go download the free eBook and to jump-start your own fundraising this summer.

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