Creating a Thriving Philanthropic Ecosystem

philanthropic ecosystem

Summertime offers a great opportunity to break from our daily routines of meetings and zooms to enjoy the outdoors and witness all the ways that plants and animals interact with their environments. Whether it’s the pond in your backyard, or even something as big as the ocean, every ecosystem exists in a delicate balance. They […]

Giving USA 2022 At-A-Glance

Giving USA

According to Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2021, 2021 was another outstanding year for charitable giving! Published by the Giving USA Foundation with research compiled by Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy, this report is the premier source of data on giving trends in the U.S. As a benefit […]

Tips & Trends for Effective, Event-Based Fundraising

By: Dawn Robinson, CFRE & Mike Schmidt, CFRE The ever-changing nature of recent years has sparked reflection in so many aspects of our daily lives – priorities have shifted and many development professionals have re-evaluated how their time and resources are spent. The same is true for donors. Gone are the days of back-to-back, over-the-top, […]

Supporting Women and Girls Beyond the Month of March

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates Women’s History Month has come to a close, and I’ve taken time to reflect on all of the ways we’ve celebrated the achievements of women in our community who make us stronger. We’ve seen social media campaigns sharing inspirational quotes from women executives, bold investments in nonprofits supporting […]

A Nonprofit’s Guide to Corporate Philanthropy: Meeting With a Funder

What is corporate philanthropy? As a nonprofit leader, you likely already have a sense of the giving opportunities presented by corporations. You may have made an ask or two of corporate giving officers yourself, but it goes far beyond just dollar amounts or a one-off meeting with a funder filled with predetermined talking points about […]

Why I Don’t Want to Go Back to Normal

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates Throughout the pandemic, our team has been repeatedly inspired as organizations learned to collaborate in new ways, show empathy for one another, and remain resilient amidst continuous curve balls. And after almost two years, we’re hearing that many nonprofits are beginning to open their doors and come back […]

Here to Stay: Why We Think Trust-Based Philanthropy Should Last Longer than the Pandemic

Michelle Cramer, CFRE, President & CEO, Cramer & Associates Since March of 2020, the nonprofit community has faced unimaginable obstacles that have forced organizations to reinvent their service models, compete for funding, and expand their capacities with limited resources. As nonprofits worked overnight to address the most pressing  needs in our community, donors suddenly had decisions to […]

Corporate Sponsorships

As a nonprofit, obtaining corporate sponsorships for your event may seem like an intimidating task to take on as it involves research, appealing to companies, and following up to stay engaged. Many nonprofits have effectively leveraged their relationships with corporate sponsorship to be invaluable sources of not just revenue, but also serve as a positive […]

The Gift of Grain

gift of grain

Did you know you can use grain as a way to give? Yes, you read that right. Grain. Grain farmers have a vital role in moving lives forward, growing food and feed that nourishes our community and the world. Gifts of grain are a unique and underutilized way to make a charitable gift. Using grain […]

Giving USA 2021 Snapshot

According to the Giving USA Foundation and research compiled by Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2020 was a record year for charitable giving! As a benefit to our partners in philanthropy, we’ve condensed the report into 2 pages for you to review and share with your executive leadership, development and advancement teams, board […]