CDO University® Dinner Seminar Recap

Recently, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (Lindauer) hosted a dinner featuring ten of the top Chief Development Officers in the New England area. The purpose of the gathering, as for previous CDO University® events, was to provide a forum for development leaders to exchange experiences, ideas, successes and challenges. The dinner's featured topic: Boards, and the CDO's unique experiences with their Trustees.

​The Boomer Effect

According to “Giving in Retirement: America’s Longevity Bonus,” two thirds of baby boomer retirees report that it is the best time in life to give back. Why?

​The List a Quarter Century Later

In The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 25th annual Philanthropy 400 list, the United Way again tops the leaderboard, but only $23.5 million separates them from Fidelity Charitable.

Tech Tips: New Apps That May Improve Your Life

These new apps increase efficiency and productivity, and one even creates a life where everything you do is quantified – a 21st century version of “journaling.”

​Bradford Wm. Voigt, CFRE: Vice President of Development, The Philadelphia Orchestra

​Bradford Wm. Voigt, CFRE: Vice President of Development, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Bradford (Brad) Voigt is a development veteran who has worked in virtually every nonprofit sector. During the course of his 30-plus-year career, Brad has led development teams for the Harvard Kennedy School, Boston Ballet, and the Peabody Essex Museum, to name just a few of the institutions he's served.

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES Moves Up Boston Business Journal List

LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES (Lindauer) earned a top ten spot in the Boston Business Journal’s (BBJ) recently published list of “Largest Executive Search Firms in Massachusetts.” The retained firm’s placement at number seven on the list is the result of 2014 revenue generated by executive-level searches.

What’s in a name? Big money for nonprofits.

In recent years, colleges, hospitals, museums, theaters, and social-service charities have begun offering their naming rights for new buildings, programs or other capital projects up to the highest bidder. While that’s nothing new -- for decades, big donors were honored for big donations – namings generally transpired discreetly. Today it’s a much different approach for many nonprofits.

​Fundraising Lessons Learned from… Taylor Swift?

Popular singer and songwriter Taylor Swift has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with time and time again. She has shattered both country and pop charts with multiple number one songs. She has been nominated for close to 500 awards and has won more than 220. Swift even holds five Guinness Book of World Records for her musical accomplishments including “fastest selling digital album by a female” and “first female to write or co-write every track on a million-selling debut album.”

Philanthropy 2030: Inspiring Future Generations of Fundraisers

Increased demand for revenue and government and foundation cutbacks has led to a shortage in the number of professional fundraisers. Nonprofits across the country are experiencing an inadequate supply of candidates when looking to hire new professionals in the field.

This shortage led to the creation of Philanthropy 2030, a think tank of national leaders in the arts, consulting, healthcare, higher education and public and social service sectors.

​Higher Ed & Twitter

Many institutions report that their social media efforts are successful. CASE recently researched the social media activities of educational institutions in conjunction with Huron Education Consulting Group and mStoner, a marketing firm specializing in higher education.

​The Healthcare Turnaround

Other nonprofit sectors can reap the same benefits as hospitals by following smart business practices in managing expenses on the labor and supply sides.

​Recommended Reading: Fundraising Websites and Blogs

For sharing ideas, staying on top of new trends, and relevant articles with information to pass along to your teams, resources like The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Quarterly keep Chief Development Officers in the know. But there are also a...

College Donations on the Rise

Earlier this year, the Council for Aid to Education released results of their annual survey, which showed that “charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of nearly $38 billion last year.” What is also notable is that donors increased the...

Sue Cunningham, President, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham, President, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Sue Cunningham’s career has taken her to England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, and even Hong Kong, she claims Berkeley, California, as her birthplace. Due to a “brain drain” from the UK and Europe to the United States, her father, a microbiologist with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, was recruited by the University of California Berkeley, and it was there that Sue was born.

When Sue was nine, the family moved back to London where she studied at the prestigious Godolphin and Latymer day school. Work in the theater world, and ultimately, advancement, followed, culminating in a position that has her calling the States home once again. Sue is the newly appointed president for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and in this interview, she discusses the illustrious career that helped land her there.

Giving USA 2015 – The Good News

The Giving USA 2015 report is out and it is apparent that things are looking up. Giving USA: “The Annual Report on Philanthropy” is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States.”

Advice for Nonprofit Leaders

Forbes.com recently presented an interview with Nancy G. Brinker, Founder of and Chair of Global Strategy for Susan G. Komen®.

Summer 2015 Edition of Top Nonprofit Blogs

Topnonprofits.com came out with their list of Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs, Spring/Summer 2015 Edition.

5 Summer Fundraising Event Ideas

With three weeks until summer, it is the perfect time to host a summer fundraising event.

Red Nose Day in the USA

Comic Relief, NBC Universal, Walgreens and M&Ms have joined together for the Red Nose Daycampaign.

Reaching Millennial Talent

A New Report on Millennials Shows Link Between Engagement and Cause Work on Huffington Post.com stresses the importance of sharing company cause work, from the interview process through employment, in order to best inform millennials about how they can get involved.

Study Shows Diversity Challenges in American Philanthropy

A recent article on the Fundraising Success magazine website, Survey Says … Diversity in Giving: The Changing Landscape of American Philanthropy, covers a report from nonprofit software company Blackbaud entitled Diversity in Giving: The Changing Landscape of American Philanthropy.The Diversity in...

The Newest Social Media Campaign Raising Awareness and Funding

With campaigns like the ALS Ice Bucket challenge successfully raising 115 million dollars in funding, a new campaign has popped up in social media news feeds, worldwide.

Does Your Organization Pass the “Equality” Test?

In the April 22, 2015 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly(NPQ), authors Jon Pratt and Ruth McCambridge publish practices a nonprofit can adopt to foster income equality.

Set the Stage for Comedy … and Contributions?

In the April 2015 issue of Currents from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an article entitled “Laughter is the Best Marketing” explores the idea that “because advancement professionals are in the business of attracting people to their organizations, they should consider using humor as a communications and marketing tactic.”

Competing for Charity

CDO Place recently featured the article And the Grant Money Goes to… about the Council on Foundation’s spin on traditional fundraising, the Philanthropic Challenge on Economy & Finance. Today, another unique and exciting way to fundraise is shared: The Dana-Farber Cancer...

Social Media Stars Are Rising – and Raising – Cash

A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy notes the effectiveness of social media celebrities as fundraisers. In “We’re So Over Brad Pitt,” writer Megan O’Neil reports how Internet stars –- “media personalities often created in bedrooms turned home studios” –...

Ready for Your Closeup?

In Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ), author Joe Fox lists the most common errors in videos for donors in 10 Mistakes Nonprofits Make With Video.

And the Grant Money Goes to…

The Council on Foundations, a nonprofit membership association of grant making foundations and corporations, is conducting the Philanthropic Challenge on Economy & Finance contest at its annual conference this April.

Five Development-Friendly Apps

From networking to parking, project planning to special events, these apps help make life just a bit easier and more organized for the development professional.

Naming Rights – For Whom, and How Much?

A recent article by Pablo Eisenberg, published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, proposes that nonprofits Stop Appealing to Billionaire Egos With Naming Rights in response to recent events at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall.

Advice for Aspiring CDOs?

In a recent interview for CDO University, LOIS L. LINDAUER SEARCHES Vice President Libby Roberts, a former CDO, offered her advice for aspiring Chief Development Officers.“Choose your boss very carefully,” she advised. And don’t be blinded by the money.”She then went...

Libby Roberts, Vice President, Lindauer

Libby Roberts, Vice President, Lindauer

Before Elizabeth (Libby) Roberts joined Lindauer, she enjoyed a diverse multi-sector development career.

Here, the former CDO shares some of the insights she's gained from a variety of vantage points, including a stint working at her alma mater.

Survey Questions to Ask Donors

Surveying your donors has many benefits. Not only does it show your donors you care about them and their opinions, it also helps to provide vital information that will assist in revamping or adjusting your fundraising strategies.In Why Not Just Ask...

3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Staff

A recent newsletter from Sage Advancement Group, a nonprofit consulting firm focused on advancing organizations, encourages leaders to consider three questions, or checkpoints, when thinking about their staff now that the new year is in full swing.

5 Fundraising Predictions for 2015

In 5 Fundraising Predictions for 2015 by The NonProfit Times, a few predictions for development are shared by senior product manager for digital fundraising Rich Dietz, from Abila Software in Austin, Texas.

3 Tech Companies Changing the Future of Philanthropy

A recent article, Note to Millennials: Charity Now Begins on Twitter (posted on CNBC), reports that three start-up tech companies are making the donation process simpler via social media.