Have you read Growing Philanthropy in the U.S. yet? Lots of interesting insights. Lots of challenges for you, your organization, and the sector.
This report came out of a summit in June 2011, put together by Adrian Sargeant, leading fundraising researcher. I participated along with 30+ other people.
Here are the 4 major themes:
1. Enhancing the quality of donor relationships.
2. Developing public trust and confidence.
3. Identifying new audiences, channels, and forms of giving with strong potential for growth.
4. Improving the quality of fundraising training and development.
Read the full report, posted on my website. Read the executive summary. Start talking! Host a conversation with your fundraising colleagues through your AFP or AHP or CASE chapter / region or any other professional association. That’s what AFP RI did. Talk about the findings with your development staff and your board’s fund development committee. Explore. Talk. Learn. Change.