The Bridge Built With a Kite
A Kite Starts First Suspension Bridge
By: Viken Mikaelian

It’s true — a kid with a kite! There’s a lesson that fundraisers can learn from the history of Niagara Falls — specifically, about a suspension bridge that, from 1855 to 1897, connected the United States to Canada over the roaring waters.

Gift Horse
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
By: Viken Mikaelian

Wouldn’t it be great if every donor simply gave cash or publicly traded stock? And, did not ask for a pledge period of greater than five years?

While most donors do fit this description, there are others who present challenges in terms of the proposed structure of their gifts.

Future of Planned Giving
Planned Giving. Tomorrow …
By: Viken Mikaelian

New Year, New Direction? Stop speculating and find out what the movement to merge planned giving with major gifts and principal gifts really means. Download our Special Report on this…

What We Don’t Do
By: Viken Mikaelian

Planned giving marketing firms should stick with what they know best. Companies like to boast about what they do. Apparently, many firms also like to do far more than they…

Get Rid of Your CGA Program!
By: Tom Dieters

Says the panicked board member… until you show him a better way to lower risk.  Has this ever happened to you? A board member or finance officer who is unfamiliar with…

IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions
By: Greg Pierce

Understand the benefits and increase your value to donors.  First let’s clarify any confusion in nomenclature. Sometimes the IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution is referred to as an IRA Rollover gift. This is a sloppy and misleading term, because an IRA Rollover is another distinct process. Better to use the term IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). 

Add Hours Back Into Your Week
By: Rebecca Langley

A technology round-up to help you increase productivity. If your idea of increasing productivity is petitioning the universe to add a few hours to the day, take heart. There are less…