Monday, November 30, 2009

Giving in Oregon Survey: 2009 Mid-Year Update

Recently released, the Oregon Community Foundation’s “Giving in Oregon Survey: 2009 Mid-Year Update” offers an interesting and important glimpse into the mindset and perception of the current economic and charitable giving climates and the collective impact on nonprofit organizations serving Oregon. Completed in August and September, 2009, by 134 nonprofits (all OCF grantees), the survey reflects a reasonable breadth of responses to questions about the impact of the economic climate on charitable giving in Oregon in 2009.

Overall, the responses indicate a guarded optimism with regard to the charitable giving taking place in Oregon. A surprising 59 percent of respondents indicated that the climate for charitable giving in Oregon today is “fair.” A nearly equally surprising 13 percent of respondents deemed the climate in Oregon as “good.” It seems that professionals in Oregon’s nonprofit sector are optimistic about the sustainability and potential for growth of charitable giving in the state.

Anecdotal comments shared in the mid-year update also indicate recognition of the importance and potential impact of continuing to communicate with current and potential donors since organizations may need to acquire, nurture, and retain more donors giving smaller donations.

While many types of organizations are highlighted, the survey does not separate healthcare organizations into a separate category. In speaking with Katie Shriver, research officer, at the Oregon Community Foundation, I learned that respondents were selected from all of OCF’s granting areas and that responses from healthcare organizations were included in the Social Services portion of the survey.

The findings of this survey should prove useful to organizations looking to planning for sustainability and growth in the 2010 calendar year. To access the update in its entirety, visit

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Washington Children's Hospital to Receive $150-Million From United Arab Emirates

Here's a link to an article I commented on Wednesday, 9/16/09:

(My comment is No. 3 after the end of the article. )

Washington Children's Hospital to Receive $150-Million From United Arab Emirates
By Holly Hall

The Children’s National Medical Center, in Washington, plans to announce Wednesday that it has received $150-million from the United Arab Emirates.

The donation, one of the biggest a charity in the United States has received from a foreign source, comes at a time when most wealthy American donors are pulling back. Only two other gifts of $100-million or more have been made so far this year, compared with 21 gifts of that size last year. Such sluggish giving is a key reason why a growing number of American charities are seeking money overseas.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 23, 2009 Kent Dove - A Blueprint for Fundraising Success in Any Economy

I joined an audience of AFP members and non-members for Kent Dove's recent webinar, "A Blueprint for Fundraising Success in Any Economy: Creating a Sustainable, Comprehensive
Development Model." Dove offers an amazing array of insights based on many years of successful higher education fundraising. Here are a few nuggets of knowledge for you to integrate into your planning:
  1. Focus on assessing the needs, choosing the right methods for raising funds, and the best process for evaluating effectiveness

  2. Volunteers are integral to a successful program. When engaging volunteers in fundraising, dedicate adequate resources and guidance to help them be successful.

  3. Focus your annual fund development on acquiring new donors, getting donors to repeat, and upgrading current donors.

  4. Above all, keep stewardship top of mind when creating your strategy.

While I found great value and nuggets in the presentation, I felt it would have been helpful to have more acknowledgement of the current recession and suggestions for countering its effects.

Dove's authored many books including, Conducting a Successful Fundraising Program, which has proven useful to me in working with organizations and budgets of all sizes. The book has a place of honor in my office. This book is included on the reading list for the CFRE exam.

I'm not suggesting, "Fundraising by the Book," but rather to utilize the best tools to develop a comprehensive strategy that will help your organization reach its potential.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Networking and Educational Resources for Grantwriting in Portland, Oregon!

This post is offered in answer to the many requests I received recently for information about two groups (and I've added two more) who are terrific resources for grantwriters in and around the Portland, Oregon metro area:

American Association of Grant Professionals:

The next meeting of the Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter will be in early May. Send your email and I'll see that you receive a notice with all of the meeting details.

This group meets twice annually to gather professionals who as staff or volunteers seek grants on behalf of organizations with faith-based mission. The next meeting will take place on Wed. 7/15/09 from 9:30 - 12:00 p.m. at Multnomah University at 8435 NE Glisan Street in Portland, Oregon.

Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO):

This group offers educational and networking opportunities for members and non-members. Visit the website to learn more about upcoming meetings.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP):

This international organization (more than 30,000 members and growing) offers local networking and educational programs for members and non-members. Members are able to access national research and tools for fundraising including grantwriting. Visit the website to learn about upcoming events.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Meeting Leslie Crutchfield, co-author of Forces for Good

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to meet Leslie Crutchfield, one of the authors of Forces for Good ( at the Willamette Valley Development Officers ( ) luncheon.

Named by The Economist as one of the top ten business books of the year, the book includes in depth case studies of what makes a successful nonprofit. From my reading of the book and Ms. Crutchfield's presentation, the insights really focus on leveraging resources and opportunities that create momentum and evangelists. The six practices reflect these ideas and also the significance of being able to think in a culture of abundance. What comes to mind is working together with other organizations to build more opportunities. The book's last chapter - Putting It into Practice - nicely summarizes what it will take to make the leap to different thinking. In the "Becoming a Force for Good" section, Exhibit 9.8 The New Nonprofit Paradigm helping the reader see how practices of High-Impact Nonprofits look when compared to previous practices.

I suggested to Ms. Crutchfield during the talk that foundations are influencers distinct from government individuals, non-governmental organizations, and businesses and be introduced into an illustration that I'm referring to as "Connecting the Dots." The diagram showed the interconnectedness of the primary influencers in shaping the six practices. I offered the suggestion since many foundations are working together on global health, public school education, and healthcare coverage initiatives - just to name a few. In that respect, they represent nonprofit networks working beyond themselves for the same change or cause. By doing so, they help operating nonprofits establish similar networks. She asked me to be in touch to share more information on some of these initiatives.