End 2022 Great. NOW is the Time to Donate.
Inspired by the giving spirit of the holidays, there is no better time to send an appeal to supporters to direct their money to your cause. Approximately 31% of all annual giving occurs in December and approximately 12% of all annual giving occurs in the last three days of December. And 28% of nonprofits raise between […]
The Future of Fundraising Is in Our Hands
New Certification Program levels the playing field for underserved minorities to build new career paths as fundraising professionals RALEIGH, NC – November 2, 2022 – The National Baptist Convention of America International (NBCAI), Simmons College of Kentucky, and BrightDot Fundraising Consultants have combined efforts to develop a new Fundraising Certification Program and a National Retreat Center […]
INFLATION PREPARATION 103: Rising Costs & Labor Shortages
RALEIGH, NC – August 25, 2022 – In the last of his three-part INFLATION PREPARATION series, Bill Crouch, founder of BrightDot, a fundraising consultancy and long-term college president, outlines how higher education can prepare for rising costs due to inflation. In the first of the series INFLATION PREPARATION 101 [provide link], Crouch focused on fundraising […]
INFLATION PREPARATION 102: Student Enrollment
RALEIGH, NC – Aug 16, 2022 – In his three-part INFLATION PREPARATION series, Bill Crouch, founder and CEO of BrightDot, a fundraising consultant and long-term college president, outlines how higher education is affected by rising inflation. In the first of the series INFLATION PREPARATION 101 , Crouch focused on fundraising – finding and retaining donor […]
INFLATION PREPARATION 101: The Race for Donors
It’s a race against inflation as colleges focus on fundraising strategies to fill in funding gaps RALEIGH, NC – July 6, 2022 — Like every other industry right now, higher education is grappling with the effects of raging inflation. Now at its 40-year high, inflation is inescapable, unsustainable, and is testing the financial stability of colleges […]
College Enrollment Growth And Advancement Success: Five Key Factors That Enhance Both!
By: Bill Crouch and Mike Carter In today’s college environment, it does not take long for alumni, trustees, presidents, and other stakeholders to discuss the current state of enrollment and if fundraising efforts are meeting needed target numbers. “How big is that school?” “Are they growing?” “Are they raising any money?” “What are they known […]
Leaders Who Want to Walk on Water: Five Steps to Keep You From Drowning
Bill Crouch Mike Carter Every serious and aspiring leader we have known over the course of our careers is hoping, looking, and trying to find the best pathway to success. They are always aiming for it on a personal level, as well as for their organization. As we go through the career ladder, […]
Could Your Advancement Work Be A Victim of Cancel Culture? A Three-Step Action Plan
Bill Crouch Mike Carter For years, social scientists, communication experts, journalists, and others who possessed a public voice would use terms such as “zeitgeist” or “social milieu” to describe a particular set of characteristics unique to an individual and/or a group during a defined period of time. Identifying characteristics and describing individuals and/or […]
Need a ‘Do-Over?’ You Might or Might Not Get One in Advancement Work!
Bill Crouch Mike Carter In the book, Start With Heart, (Crouch, 2020: 19-22) describes how hard work, preparation, and effective presentation of a significant giving opportunity led to a negative response from the individual being asked. After some time, a “do-over” was tried and it was immediately met with an enthusiastic “yes” which created […]