Planned Giving Blog

Get the Year End Going
By: Viken Mikaelian

Helping your donors meet the December 31 tax deadline means that you can plan on staying longer and doing more than just about everyone else — except for your office’s gifts processor.  So plan a nice rest in January (Isn’t there a planned giving conference in the Caribbean, then? There should be…) and get ready for the year-end sprint.

Refusing to Do Her Real Job
By: Viken Mikaelian

Friends, it’s time to stop hiding behind your desks. DIY (trendy acronym for “do-it-yourself”) won’t help your organization, your prospects—or your career.  Let’s look at time-wasters the new director is putting in the way of doing her job—cultivating prospects and closing gifts.

Blog Article Banners
You Had Me at Bequest!
By: Mindy Aleman

The donor’s name is summarily noted in recognition reports, on walls of fame, etched onto a plaque or mug, and whisked away into a legacy giving society. Then, drops off the crevice into the deep, dark hole of no further action required.

The End is Near. Again.
By: Viken Mikaelian

None of us is supposed to be here by now.  In 1968, Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich predicted that “In the 70s the world will undergo famines… hundreds of millions of people (including Americans) will starve to death.”  (The Population Bomb, 1968) A year later, Dr. Ehrlich wagered, “I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” (The doctor lost his bet, but earned enough royalties to secure his retirement).

Cocktail Party Test
By: Viken Mikaelian

Fundraisers can make “civilians” a little nervous when they’re around. What comments do you get when you tell folks what you do for a living? “Ugh, I could never ask…

1 27 28 29 31