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Read the latest from the TGC team. Below we share our knowledge, experiences, or the latest news.

What’s in a Name?

March 30, 2018 in Fundraising

A while back, we were working with a client whose membership had not been exposed to the idea of philanthropic giving as a culture. The client’s goal was to increase overall giving by the general membership in an effort to support the mission of the organization. For many years, it was assumed that dues and outside support were enough to sustain the amazing work the group is doing. Unfortunately, this was not the case and it was becoming more and more clear that they would not be able to maintain their level of quality work if something didn’t change to give them an increased revenue stream.

The idea of conducting a Capital Campaign was discussed and after a Feasibility Study was completed it was determined there was an opportunity to increase funding through the membership. But how?

The notion of conducting a formal Capital Campaign seemed almost too extreme to the leadership. Afterall, the members were not used to philanthropic giving and to immediately launch into a “campaign” could be viewed by some as aggressive. Instead, we decided the better approach would be to frame it as a shift in thinking. By taking some of the same elements as a Capital Campaign such as educating stakeholders, involving key influencers, and communicating the needs and benefits of the group, we are achieving the same results without raising concern or comfort level from those we hope to enlist in this effort.  Creativity and flexibility are paramount in any fundraising initiative…think outside the box and don’t be restricted by names.

How the New Tax Cuts and Job Act Might Impact Your Organization

March 13, 2018 in Donor Relationship Management, Fundraising

In December of 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Job Act. The law does not change a taxpayer’s ability to deduct charitable contributions as long as they are itemized deductions. But because of the increased standard deduction, it is likely that the number of taxpayers who itemize their deductions will be smaller and it could possibly impact future donor contributions. Continue reading »

Wishing you a prosperous 2018!

January 5, 2018 in Fundraising, Marketing & Communications

As we wrap up 2017 we are grateful for the many clients we work with and the incredible people we meet each day who  make our world a better place. While the landscape of philanthropy is always changing to consider the economic and social climate, the one constant is the underlying goal of non-profit organizations to improve the lives of others through the generosity of their supporters.

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TGC Heads to Europe

August 28, 2017 in News

This week we are headed to the CASE Europe Annual Conference in Birmingham, England. CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support in Education), works with its members to develop stronger relationships with alumni and donors, raises funds for campus projects, produces recruitment materials, markets member institutions to students, aims to diversify the profession, and encourages the support of education.

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It Takes a Village…

August 4, 2017 in Fundraising, Leadership & Management

A few years back, a very good friend of mine and his brother decided to start a non-profit to honor the memory of their mother, who had recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. Both my friend and his brother are extremely intelligent, well educated, and have great jobs in which they are very successful. They had a fantastic idea for their organization and put together a very solid mission statement, vision statement and strategic plan.

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How is Your Donor Recognition Program Stacking Up?

July 17, 2017 in Acquisition

In the business world it is vital to know what your competition is doing… ALWAYS. Vying for consumer dollars in a competitive marketplace mandates that corporate managers know exactly what their competitors are doing and how they stack up. If they produce a lesser product or service, it makes sense that they will lose the sale to the other guy.

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