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As part of our mission to promote excellence in fundraising and philanthropy throughout the Hudson Valley region, we offer the following resources:

 Fundraising think tank Rogare has published the findings of a project to develop counter-arguments to the most frequently encountered objections to fundraising during the pandemic.

Objections to fundraising were collected from Canada, UK and USA and grouped into four themes: economic, public anxiety, perceived inappropriateness, and perception of need.

Counter-arguments were then build on ideas previously developed by Rogare for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Canada’s Canadian Fundraising Narrative. These can be used or adapted by fundraisers to fit their own situations and contexts.

Download the report HERE.

In April of 2018, ADO conducted an anonymous survey of the nonprofit community in preparation for a workshop on Breaking Down Barriers to Fundraising Success. The purpose of this survey was to provide a forum for nonprofit professionals to share their experience and insights with their colleagues (participants indicated relief at finding that they were not alone in their struggles).  Questions centered around issues that limit fundraising effectiveness as well as resources that have helped organizations be successful in securing the funds they need.  ADO is committed to facilitating continued conversation around these important topics. 

Download the survey results HERE.

The study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders.  

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One possible path to addressing the challenges facing today’s nonprofits is for nonprofit leaders to foster and develop a “culture of philanthropy” in their organizations.  In Beyond Fundraising: What Does it Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?, Cynthia Gibson synthesizes her conversations with diverse experts, offers a framework for understanding what a culture of philanthropy might look like, and provides suggestions on how to know if you have one.  

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How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy by Treating Systems Instead of Symptoms. “In INSIDE OUT FUNDRAISING, Mark Rovner and Alia McKee are calling for nothing short of a transformation in how fundraising is valued and held in organizations. Transformation is change that is profound, radical and sustainable; change that fundamentally and indelibly alters the very nature of something.”  — Robert Gass   

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The right fit between a Chief Development Officer and a non-profit organization necessitates common goals, a shared vision, and open, consistent communication. In spite of these widely acknowledged truths, however, for the last ten years many CDO tenures have become notably short-lived.  

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