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3 for Thursday, brought to you by K. Weill Consulting Group, LLC
December 1, 2016 Edition
1. Philanthropic Trends: 
Digital Giving Index
2. Key Resource: 
Nonprofit Finance 101
3. Thought-Provoker: Listening Post Project 

Self-Paced Learnin'!

Missed our fall online training series presented by national nonprofit experts?

Now, you can order any of our 3-session trainings and watch them at your convenience! These include:

--How to Build a Strong Donor (and Funder) Cultivation Program, with Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

--The ABCs of Building Better Boards, with Jean Block

--Find What's Wrong with Your Fundraising - and Fix It!, with Linda Lysakowski, ACFRE

1.  Philanthropic Trends
Online Donations Continue to Trend Up 
Network for Good's 
Digital Giving Index 
Based on data from $242M in donations from 1.1M donors to 41,000 nonprofit organizations via Network for Good in 2015, the Digital Giving Index opens a window to donors' online giving inclinations. Some key findings:
  • Growth in online giving far outpaces growth in overall giving
  • Comparing 2015 data to 2014, donations via branded donation pages increased 17% while peer-to-peer giving increased 6%. (Consider avoiding generic donation pages as those donations decreased 28% over that time.)
  • 3 in 5 online donations came through nonprofits' donation pages, and 1 in 4 via peer-to-peer giving.
  • 29% of 2015 giving took place in December and 11% occurred from December 29 to December 31!
  • Donations made on December 31 are on average more than twice the size of gifts any other time of the year (and significantly larger than those provided on Giving Tuesday).
  • Thursday was the most popular day of the week for donations, followed closely by Tuesday. The largest donations on average also were on Thursdays.
How can you leverage this data to bolster revenue generated by your year-end, online appeals?

2. Key Resource:  
Nonprofit Finance 101
 From the Nonprofit Finance Fund
From nonprofit capitalization to social investment and from financial management to debt financing, the Nonprofit Finance Fund has curated roughly 30 articles designed to morph important finance concepts from head-scratching to understandable.

3 Thought Provoker: 
What Makes Nonprofits Special?
Johns Hopkins' 
Listening Post Project
Johns Hopkins University's Center for Civil Society Studies launched the Nonprofit Listening Post Project as a means to "i dentify key trends and challenges facing the U.S. nonprofit sector and the innovative strategies nonprofits have adopted in response."

Nonprofits are the "listening posts" who respond to the Center's "soundings," i.e. surveys. More than one thousand diverse nonprofits and umbrella organizations have partnered with Johns Hopkins to explore pressing social sector issues like performance measurement, governance and accountability, and advocacy and lobbying.

Check out this infographic on the 7 nonprofit values that make nonprofits special - one of the many products of the Listening Post Project.
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