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  • When crazy ideas work

    April 14, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO Bear with me for this look-back, and look forward. I know you have the time. I was asked by a client in 1999, “What can you do to get more leads for my major gift officer?” At that time, the organization was generating $10m annually from one million […]

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  • Better than peanut butter and chocolate!

    April 2, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO On Monday, the American Indian College Fund was notified that a $500,000 DAF grant is on the way to set up a scholarship fund. This was a direct result of excellent donor stewardship by a major gift officer. She started the donor cultivation process four months ago. Yes, you read […]

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  • ALL Donors want to give locally

    March 31, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO Give Schwab Charitable an A+!! While others have also created these tools for giving, Schwab Charitable actually communicates and inspires their donors to do something important with the funds in their charitable giving accounts!! They used a tool by ZeeMaps. They informed me of where I can make […]

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  • ASK NOW!

    March 18, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO The COVID-19 impact on everyone is overwhelming. It impacts every choice we make. It impacts everyone who relies on you. And it impacts how people consider their own futures. You’re going to need unrestricted funds now more than ever before. Many of your regular donors are going to […]

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  • Are You Prepared for Success?

    February 27, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO This won’t be the last time I ask this question. I ask it a lot. Today we’ll deal with something plucked from the internet on DAF donor data entry. If you follow the AFP Open Forum on all subjects, you might have seen a lot of comments about […]

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  • Are you interested in all things donor-advised funds?

    January 15, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO We’re going to share monthly, DAF-related initiatives that we find interesting and suitable for all. One month, we will be showing what other non-profits are doing, while the next month, we could be indicating what Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable are doing with their donor communications, their giving […]

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  • More DAF stocking stuffers

    December 17, 2019

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO The waiting is in earnest now! Many donor advised fund (DAF) donors took the suggested advice of the DAF sponsors—and YOU—and made their grant requests for 2019. Now the checks are in the mail! Fidelity Charitable might be issuing over one million grants in December. Why not take […]

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  • Guide dog donor and volunteer makes a difference

    December 11, 2019

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO We are excited to share this great story from Fidelity Charitable. One of their donors is a supporter of and volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind, one of our clients, and this story highlights the new relationship between the donor and a recipient of a guide dog. It’s […]

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  • Some stocking stuffers for you

    December 4, 2019

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO Thought you’d like to have these to share with the right colleagues: 1. I get a LOT of questions from people worried that their thank you letters might not be right. We created this table as a reminder of whom to thank and how to thank them. The […]

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  • New 2019 DAF Report out from National Philanthropic Trust

    November 13, 2019

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO The newest report was published this week from the gold standard for DAF (Donor-Advised Fund) information. You can read it here. They analyzed over 1,000 DAF charitable sponsors and community foundations; nearly all of the same organizations were also included in last year’s report, so we have a comprehensive […]

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