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Presentation to the Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives. Thank you for inviting me to Duluth.

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    • Shaping the Development Plan in a Changing Philanthropic Landscape a presentation to the Lake Superior Fund Raising Executives
      John A. Martin, CFRE
      MGI Fund-Raising Consulting, Inc. 1-800-387-9840
    • Begin with a Plan
      The key to successful fundraising begins with a solid plan, and then working that plan. The presentation will stress not only the need for a diversified approach to fundraising but also the “Tips” involved in shaping the plan to develop a sustainable and competitive development program. 1-800-387-9840
    • Diversify and explore alternatives
      Why nonprofit organizations need to diversify their fundraising plans
      Strategies to create and shape a diversified fundraising plan
      How to apply different fundraising strategies to fit the needs of different funding sources
      How to “tweak” the plan and rise “above the clutter” in a competitive and changing fundraising landscape 1-800-387-9840
    • How did we get here and how do we move forward?
      Understand the philanthropic marketplace and the environment in which your organization competes
      Change the Paradigm and adhere to Best Practices
      Create a Culture of Philanthropy
      Achieve Brand Pinnacle 1-800-387-9840
    • 2009 charitable giving Total = $303.75 billion ($ in billions)
      Source: Giving USA 2010 1-800-387-9840
    • 2009 Giving Summary
      Total giving = $303.75 billion.
      Decrease of 3.6 percent (-3.2 percent adjusted for inflation).
      Individuals remain the single most important source.
      Individuals + charitable bequests = 83 percent of total.
      Foundation grantmaking = 13 percent of the total.
      About half of independent, community, and operating foundation giving is from family foundations.
      Individual + Bequest + Family Foundations = 89 percent.
      Corporate giving is an estimated 4 percent of the total. 1-800-387-9840
    • Total giving, 1969–2009
      $ in billions
      Inflation-adjusted dollars
      Current dollars
      Recessions in dark gray: 1969–70; 1973–75; 1980; 1981–82; 1990–91; 2001; 2007–2008 1-800-387-9840
    • Giving by individuals, 1969–2009
      $ in billions
      Inflation-adjusted dollars
      Current dollars 1-800-387-9840
    • Types of recipients of contributions, 2009 Total = $303.75 billion ($ in billions) 1-800-387-9840
    • 5 Most Popular Causes Americans Support (in billions)
      Religious or faith based ($100.95 – 33%)
      Education ($40.01 – 13%)
      Human Services ($27.08, 9%)
      ($22.46 – 7%)
      Public Society-Benefit ($22.77 – 8%)
      2009 figures, Giving USA 2010 1-800-387-9840
    • Changes in giving by recipient organizationCurrent $
      Estimated giving increased in subsectors associated with
      provision of services to those in need. It decreased in
      subsectors where at least some funds are raised for
      buildings, endowments, and other long-term purposes.
      Giving USA estimates growth in giving to:
      International affairs 6.2 percent
      Health 3.8 percent
      Human services 2.3 percent
      Environment/animals 2.3 percent
      Declines in giving are estimated for:
      Religion -0.7 percent
      Arts, culture and humanities -2.4 percent
      Education -3.6 percent
      Public-society benefit -4.6 percent 1-800-387-9840
    • Where Does Philanthropy Stand?
      An unstable economy has shaken both non-profits and their donors to the core.
      Stock holdings have radically declined in value with some companies losing up to 90% of their value. Every company and executive has been affected in some way. 1-800-387-9840
    • The Past Projects the Future
      Corporate giving is most immediately affected in an economic downturn: corporate foundations are funded with annual profits. Most corporate foundations have been affected by the economic downturn – the effects will be felt for years to come.
      Foundation giving tends to scale down over a three year period: giving budgets usually represent a three year rolling average.
      Individual giving has the greatest resiliency and donors respond in difficult times. 1-800-387-9840
    • Corporate Giving and Today’s Economy
      45% of businesses surveyed in 2009 (Corporate Contributions Report Survey, February 2009) said they had already reduced the amount they plan to donate this year.
      Another 16% were considering cuts.
      35% of companies said they would make fewer grants this year and 21% said the grants they made would be smaller.
      As they complete their giving budgets for, corporate officials said they were most concerned about financial constraints, the recession and the alignment of their giving with their business’s needs.
      Among types of gifts, sponsorships of events take the biggest hit, 55% of businesses said they would cut back on that form of giving. 1-800-387-9840
    • Foundations and the Economy
      Fewer Foundations Anticipate Decreasing the Number and Size of Grants in 2010. The vast majority of foundations responding to the Foundation Center’s latest “Foundation Giving Forecast Survey” anticipate making no changes in their grantmaking strategies in 2010.
      In contrast, a year ago close to two-thirds of respondents (63 percent) expected to reduce the number of grants they awarded and/or the size of their grants. Nonetheless, the shares of foundations that anticipate reducing the number and size of their grants in 2010 continue to be larger than the shares that anticipate increases, reflecting continuing repercussions from the economic crisis. 1-800-387-9840
    • Individual Giving and the Economy
      Despite the significant downturn in economic conditions in recent years, the percentage of U.S. adults opening their wallets to charitable organizations has hardly diminished. More than four in five Americans continue to say they donated money to a charitable cause or organization in the past 12 months -- now 84%, compared with 87% in December 2005. 1-800-387-9840
    • Volunteering and the Economy
      According to the Gallup data, fewer Americans part with their time than their money on behalf of charity groups. Sixty-four percent of Americans currently say they have volunteered their time to a charity in the past 12 months, similar to the 62% recorded in 2005. Americans still prefer to give of their money rather than their time. 1-800-387-9840
    • Fund Raising Professionals Concerns
      Keeping professional fund raising staff and volunteers motivated.
      The impact of reduced endowment income on operating budgets
      Some foundation officers are more concerned about ensuring the viability of non-profit institutions than launching new initiatives.
      Institutions are being forced to develop contingency plans in light of possible reductions in philanthropic support. 1-800-387-9840
    • Fund Raising Professionals Concerns
      The reluctance of some non-profit leaders (CEOs and trustees) to solicit, or even contact donors right now.
      The inclination of some non-profit leaders to retrench when the desired approach by experienced professionals should be to move forward strategically.
      Donors appear to be waiting for the stabilization of the markets to assess the crisis’ impact on their personal holdings. 1-800-387-9840
    • Current Impact of Economy
      New donor acquisition from direct mail is down considerably in some institutions.
      Significant negative impact on some direct mail programs.
      Some galas and dinners are experiencing 10 – 15% fall off from the previous year. 1-800-387-9840
    • Strategic Opportunities
      Despite the economy, there are strategic opportunities to explore.
      People are more empathetic.
      The media are listening.
      Large gifts are more powerful and get more attention.
      Many people have funds to give.
      Prospects will come to events, discussions, and site visits. They want to stay informed, even if they can’t respond immediately. 1-800-387-9840
    • Giving Motivations
      81.2% of wealthy donors said they are most motivated to give by the notion of “giving back to the community.”
      70.7% gave because they “support the same organizations or causes annually.”
      70.4% give because of their “social beliefs.”
      48.1% gave because they were asked! 1-800-387-9840
    • Why People Don’t Give Anymore
      Nearly 60% of wealthy households who stopped giving to a charitable organization attributed their change in philanthropic behavior to no longer feeling connected to the organization.
      Merely 14.7% said that they stopped giving because of “lack of finances.
      42.3% said they received too frequent solicitations from the organization and 8% felt they weren’t being properly recognized for their donations. 1-800-387-9840
    • Why People Don’t Give Anymore
      70% of donors give to the same organization year after year.
      In 2007, 38% of donors stopped supporting a charitable organization, with more than one-quarter (26%) of those surveyed discontinuing support for at least two organizations.
      19% stopped giving to four or more charities. 1-800-387-9840
    • Top 5 Reasons Why People Give
      Because they are asked, or presented a giving opportunity.
      To give back to their community
      Compassion for those in need
      Personally believe in the cause
      Affected by the cause
      This is based on an analysis of research in the field of philanthropy – including Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy, Independent Sector, the University of Pittsburgh and others. 1-800-387-9840
    • Need to Change the Paradigm
      • Thinking Outside the Box
      • Identify the Box
      • Understand theRole of Each Type of Giving
      • Demonstrate the Way Donors Can Make a Difference Today & In the Future 1-800-387-9840
      SPECIAL EVENTS 1-800-387-9840
    • Special Events
      Annual Campaigns
      Capital Campaigns
      New Paradigm
      Planned & Bequest 1-800-387-9840
      • Philanthropic Gifts Are a Transfer of Values
      • More than Dollars, Gifts Reflect Values
      • Expressions of Values Increase Gifts
      • Worthiness based 1-800-387-9840
      • Understanding Our Prospects
      • Finding
      • The right things to say
      • The best way to ask
      • What to ask for & how much
      • Learning the “Secrets” of how to Increase the “Desire” & “Intent” to Give 1-800-387-9840
      • Positive Perspective on Philanthropy & Fundraising—Integral to Mission
      • Enthusiastic Giving from Leadership & Staff
      • Positive Messages about Giving in Communications
      • Gracious Donor-centered Community
      • Having Fundraising Success 1-800-387-9840
      • Positive program whereby your institution expresses its goals through branding
      • Trustworthy brands are becoming the donor’s roadmap through a giant worldwide bazaar in which tens of millions of other sellers are trying to lure your donors away
      • Positioning statement – avoid confusing the donor with multiple themes and taglines 1-800-387-9840
      • CEO/Vice President
      • Major Gifts Committee
      • Major Gift Director (Moves Manager)
      • Development Professionals
      • Prospect 1-800-387-9840
      • Articulate the Vision
      • Promote Quality Management
      • Lead Role in Identification, Discovery, Cultivation, & Solicitation of Prospects
      • Motivate Trustees, Directors, Advisory Board, & Volunteer Leadership
      • Promote Interaction & Cooperation 1-800-387-9840
    • Key Components of a Development Plan
      The key components of a development plan are:
•    development goals
      •    strategies for reaching the goals (preferred, available)

      •    analysis of potential by constituency and by strategy

      •    action plan and timetable for each strategy, with income benchmarks
      •   assignment of responsibilities for strategies and individual solicitations to volunteers, staff, others
      •    marketing needs for each strategy
      •    budget and funding for each strategy 1-800-387-9840
    • Capital Campaign Planning and the Current Economy
      Most organizations are in one of three stages of campaigning:
      Initial planning
      Just Started
      Well underway
      Key issues to be considered
      Financial Goals
      Case priorities
      Prospect Development
      Gift payment structuring
      Donor engagement, solicitation and communication strategies. 1-800-387-9840
    • Should we go/not go?
      List GO and NO GO considerations:
      Financing availability
      Case relevance and urgency
      Prospect pool capacity
      Leadership availability
      Timing Issues 1-800-387-9840
    • Campaign Planning in this Economy
      Inclusive Planning
      Involve most influential trustees and some major donors in your planning activities.
      Bring your prospects along with you.
      Include prospects in your campaign planning. 1-800-387-9840
    • Timing Issues
      Timing issues to consider:
      Extended planning phase
      Longer campaign timetable
      Flexibility with public kick-off announcement and definitive ending date
      Urgency of campaign
      Some campaigns have greater urgency and the case for support in this economy may be more compelling and supportable despite the economic factors 1-800-387-9840
    • Case Issues
      Case considerations in this challenging economy:
      Program support is compelling
      Building projects dependent on financing
      Shovel-ready projects are good for economic recovery
      Endowment is less attractive
      Challenge and matching gifts strengthen case 1-800-387-9840
    • Case Issues
      Some case issues are particularly compelling right now!
      Public higher education
      Human rights
      Wildlife Conservation and climate change
      Domestic hunger relief
      Global health 1-800-387-9840
    • Well Underway
      If you are WELL UNDERWAY into a campaign know that:
      It will take longer
      You may have to revise your timetable
      You should reorder priority prospects
      You may have to revise case statement, emphasizing critical programs and de-emphasizing endowment
      You might offer to restructure gift payments
      You should seek multi-year commitments
      You should always publicize your good news! 1-800-387-9840
    • General Development Strategies
      Focus Mission and Case
      Develop a short-term Action Plan
      Increase Activity
      Increase Prospect Research
      Prioritize Prospects
      New Gift Structures
      Include Beneficiaries in Donor engagement 1-800-387-9840
    • General Development Strategies (Continued)
      Targeted Requests
      Publicize New Gifts
      Challenge Gifts
      Introduce Payment Flexibility
      Explore Diversification
      Share Philanthropic Information 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #1
      Reaffirm your mission and continuously remind donors of the impact and urgency of philanthropic support
      Tell your story in a way that inspires investment despite or because of the challenges presented by the economy 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #2
      Increase activity including visits and briefings with donors and friends, and consistent communication.
      Your strategy is to “out hustle the economy” by making more visits and working harder to reach people.
      Keep your long-term donors close and your new donors even closer.” These visits will tell you three things
      Who is ready to give
      Who needs more time and roughly how long
      what elements of your case resonate among donors. 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #3
      Develop a short term action plan.
      Direct contact and visits with top donors
      Special gatherings and forum (s) among donor and prospect network
      Create a 2 year development plan
      Immediate financial priorities
      Prospect sequencing
      Support diversification 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #4
      Stay in touch. Now is the time to intensify cultivation efforts. Make personal calls on prospects and donors, letting them know how important your work is and how your organization is successfully facing current demands and how important they are. Let them know you won’t be calling on them for a gift until a more appropriate time…but you will be coming back.
      Remember 60% of wealthy households who stopped giving attributed their change in philanthropic behavior to no longer feeling connected to the organization 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #5
      Retain your current donors as a central strategy 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #6
      Reactivate your Past Supporters (SYBUNTS) 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #7
      Monitor shifts in timing and behavior 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #8
      Correlate Geography and the Economy 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #9
      Correlate Industry and the Economy 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #10
      Getting the Right Story for Donor Acquisition. 1-800-387-9840
    • Use new technologies to tell your story
      Tip #11 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #12
      Use new technology to secure and collect pledges. 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #13
      Recognize donors.
      Pay greater attention than ever to the aggressive stewardship of your present donors. Let them know how important they are to you. Work with a small task force (staff and volunteers) to design a detailed and structured program. Put it in writing. How many times can you thank your donors in a year? 1-800-387-9840
    • Tip #14
      Dare to Ask!!!
      Personal (face to face
      solicitation – by a carefully
      selected and well-trained
      volunteers who have
      made a financial commitment
      Campaigns fail raise above
      the “clutter” because they
      fail to “ASK”. 1-800-387-9840
    • John A. Martin, CFRE
      President and Managing Partner, MGI Fund Raising Consulting, Inc.
      Direct Line: 612-801-5149
      Toll Free: 800-387-9840
      Web Site:
      Thank You! 1-800-387-9840