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Many donors have responded to recent changes in federal tax policy by “bundling” their charitable giving.

What to do About “Bundling”

As former Apple CEO John Sculley reminded us, the future belongs to those who are first to see possibilities. The latest possibility for fundraisers, including at Christian colleges and universities, involves how best to respond to the latest trend in donor behavior, bundling.  Many donors have responded to recent changes in federal tax policy by […]

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SACAP Grant Application Available

Spiritually Accountable Colleges Assessment Project (SACAP) Application To help promote the SACAP, we are offering $500 grants to students engaged in doctoral work in accredited, Christian graduate schools and universities.  The following is the text from the application form, a fillable PDF that can be obtained by emailing an application request to: [email protected] Introduction to […]

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8 Traits of Successful Grant Writers

Grant writing success comes with experience. Done well, it can change the landscape of your nonprofit and the lives of your clients. Adding grants to your fundraising strategy can be daunting, but by emulating these traits of experienced and successful grant writers, you can increase your likelihood of success when submitting requests. Successful grant writers […]

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Biblical fundraising is not just about money.  Three keys to effective, Biblical fundraising are to seek the glory of God (not just money), pray earnestly (to prioritize maintaining our relationship with him instead of the money) and leave the results to God.

3 Keys to Effective, Biblical Fundraising

What’s your cause?   Is it funding a Christian university or scholarship program?  Perhaps a non-profit food pantry or a missions organization? No matter the cause, generating financial support (fundraising) is a necessary part of it, right? The task seems daunting and perhaps even shallow sometimes; however, did you know Scripture teaches us how to […]

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Empirical evidence  that a fundraising job title impacts donations

How a Fundraising Job Title Impacts Giving

Even Christian colleges must transform in some ways or risk extinction.  A new study shows this is especially true in transforming your school’s fundraising job title. The beliefs, attitudes, and values that supported traditional titles, such as Director of Development or Advancement have become outmoded and counterproductive in obtaining a slice of the ever-increasing pie […]

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Would we gain students but lose donors?

Would We Lose Donors If We Become a Liberal Arts College?

Having to bring drug-sniffing dogs onto a Christian campus is a good learning opportunity. This school was not careful enough in vetting their new students for Christian commitment.  Although they only accept Christian students, anyone can write a testimony and get a reference.  The administrators learned this lesson quite quickly. But how did a Christian […]

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To identify the right development officer, preparation is key.

How to Find the Right Development Officer

College leadership often struggles with how to select the right development officer. Here are some tips: Distinguish between a development officer and an administrative support person. Make sure you have adequate administrative support so that your professional development officer does not spend time inputting and manipulating data, scheduling meetings, or handling routine administrative tasks. This […]

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