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A Conversation with the Leader of a Dynamic Veterans Service Organization

On April 7, 2020, I had the opportunity to sit down and have a (virtual!) conversation with Michael Abrams, the Founder and President of FourBlock. This dynamic organization is dedicated to equipping veterans for a successful transition to life in business. Since its founding over a decade ago, FourBlock has graduated more than 2,000 veterans who are Read More…

FourBlock is a dynamic network for veterans.

Can We Discuss Planned Giving During a Health Crisis?

Last week, an article popped up on my Twitter feed regarding a bit of a “scandal” at a major public university. It concerned an email sent from the athletic department that suggested including the department as part of a donor or booster’s estate planning. “Ill-timed” and “tone deaf” were some of the comments made. When I Read More…

Explore planned giving in the time of COVID-19.

Patterns are Developing…

In only a few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 73,000 deaths in the United States and more than 264,000 worldwide, and has disrupted lives around the globe. The nonprofit sector has been affected, too. Hospitals and medical centers are on the front lines caring for the sick and human service organizations are Read More…

Patterns are developing for giving during COVID-19.

Don’t Give Up On Your Gala!

Earlier this week, a headline caught my eye: “Benefit Dinners Got Canceled. Will Nonprofits Go Hungry?” The article that followed left me a bit perplexed. Many not-for-profits were, in fact, canceling their benefits amid COVID-19. This is exactly the wrong thing for charitable organizations to do – now or going forward. Canceling ignores the No. 1 reason people participate in Read More…

Here are our top tips for holding a gala during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What We’re Hearing (It’s Not All Bad!) + An Essential Question

If you’re one of those nonprofit executives or advancement professionals who’s remarked that “this is different than the Great Recession,” we at Averill Fundraising Solutions generally agree. Indeed, in 2008-2009, at least we could fall back on the time-tested gold standard of prospect interaction: the face-to-face meeting.  Or could we? Then, like now, many of our most impactful Read More…

Explore what we're hearing about fundraising during COVID-19.

Five Tips for Keeping Key Supporters Close During the COVID-19 Crisis

At Averill Fundraising Solutions, we’ve seen our nonprofit clients struggle with how best to maintain connections with supporters while being sensitive to the stress and uncertainty of these times. To help, we’ve pulled together four quick “Dos” and one “Don’t” for communicating with your most important constituents during COVID-19.  (There are already too many restrictions on Read More…

Learn how to communicate with key supporters during the COVID-19 pandemic through this guide.

Fundraising in Uncertain Times: Phrases and Ideas to Convey Balanced Messages to Major Donors and Prospects

From the desk of: Robert C. Happy, Jr.  President, Averill Fundraising Solutions (888) 321-1810 rchappy@averillsolutions.com Bob Happy has nearly 35 years of experience providing expert leadership and direction to clients across the non-profit sector. During his career, Bob has served more than 2,000 clients and has guided them to raise more than $3,500,000,000. Regardless of Read More…

Explore key phrases and ideas to communicate with supporters during COVID-19.

Fundraising in Uncertain Times: Making An Early Appeal in 2020

From the desk of: Robert C. Happy, Jr. President, Averill Fundraising Solutions (888) 321-1810 Bob Happy has nearly 35 years of experience providing expert leadership and direction to clients across the not-for-profit sector. During his career, Bob has served more than 2,000 clients and has guided them to raise more than $3,500,000,000. A question you Read More…

Learn how to tackle fundraising in the age of COVID-19.

Memorandum on COVID – 19

From the Desk of: Robert C. Happy, Jr.  President, Averill Fundraising Solutions (888) 321-1810 rchappy@averillsolutions.com MEMORANDUM To: Averill clients, past clients, and friends From: Robert C. Happy, Jr. Re: COVID-19 and Philanthropy Date: March 17, 2020 During my professional career, our nation has experienced terrorism, war, recessions large and small, dramatic losses (and gains) in Read More…

Nonprofit Website Design Tips to Increase Fundraising Efficiency

A successful non-profit website must be welcoming and pique the interest of visitors to learn more about an organization. While a website should be visually stunning, there is a more specific goal for organizations to keep in mind: having effective and measurable outcomes from the website. Website design elements should focus on donor experience and Read More…