Cents and Sensitivities

Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble works with frontline gift officers at Cornell Unviersity to teach them how to respond to challenging situations by providing different scenarios to help fundraisers develop emotional intelligence, self-awareness, empathy, and confidence-skills. Could role-playing help your gift officers better connect with donors?

Charities Predict Increases in Giving After Strong 2013

62% of charities said they raised more money last year than in 2012, the largest share since 2007, when 65% increased donations. Much of last year’s bounty came from gains in big gifts from wealthy donors and from special fundraising events and online appeals. Additionally, 75% of charities did better last year in part because they had strong systems in place to woo donors and keep them informed about how their money was being used.

Gifts to Gab

Here’s a fun new idea for ways to engage nonalumni major donors: invite them to a great conversation. The University of Houston has been running “The Great Conversation” fundraiser for 22 years, which is a hybrid between a dinner party and a college seminar, and it raises $300,000 annually.

University of Baltimore to Offer Free Final Semester

The University of Baltimore will offer free tuition to college students in their final semester if they can finish their degrees in four years. Dubbed "Finish4Free," the deal is to be offered to this fall's freshmen when they reach their senior year.

Digital Currency: A New Way to Accept Donations?

Last month, the University of Puget Sound announced a $10,000 donation from alum Nicholas Carey. What makes the donation unusual is that the entire transaction was processed digitally and converted into dollars using the e-commerce processor BitPay. Is this the new wave of giving?

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