Author: David Allen

  3 October 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   OK – so call me a purist. I think that capital campaign fundraising should be about private, charitable gifts for specific project outcomes. It’s not a $5.0 million capital campaign if $3.0 million comes from taxpayers. That would be...

  19 September 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I have my own ideas, of course, but I also did a little research into the current data on recurring giving. And discovered that there’s a lot of crap out there. I looked at Network for Good, Classy,...

  12 September 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Perfect weather. Great food. The largest gathering of land trust staff and Board directors ever. How was your Rally? I always recommend measuring conference experiences by finding one idea that you can bring back and make a difference right...

  5 September 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   It’s Rally week! And I hope that you will find a way to visit me at my table and/or attend my Fundraising 101 workshop. See you in Portland!   Instead of writing something fresh, I’m going to reprise a theme...

  29 August 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   So what is your retention rate? Count the number of unique households who gave money in 2021. And count the number of THOSE households who gave money again in 2022. Divide the 2022 number by the 2021 number and...

  22 August 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I was amused recently by another Vu Le blog post. It was written in response to an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (Why I Stopped Donating to Your Organization), written from the perspective of a donor, in...

  15 August 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   I’ve got Board directors on my mind this morning. I’m working with several groups experiencing cultural issues related to Board versus staff roles. This is tough stuff, and it bears dragging it out in the open. Organizations do not...

  1 August 2023   By David Allen, Development for Conservation   Have you ever tried to fold a square of paper into an origami crane? If so, you can appreciate a study published in 2011 by Michael Norton of Harvard Business School. In the study, subjects were asked to fold...