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AllThingsDAF is Amergent’s newsletter, packed with leading fundraising ideas and proven best practices in donor advised funds. You’ll learn powerful, actionable insights from Amergent president Jack Doyle and our direct marketing fundraising pros. Each issue is connected to a variety of nonprofit client challenges and solutions. Request our fundraising newsletter, and get closer to your donors.

  • Is there a support group for pivot table dependence?

    May 19, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO We’re still awaiting the National Philanthropic Trust comprehensive report on 2019 DAF giving. We can share the recently published Fidelity Charitable 2019 Annual Report on their donors’ grant making. There’s a lot of great information here. Unfortunately, it generates a lot more questions! Thus, my growing dependence on […]

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  • Putting your money to work challenge

    May 14, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO Check out #HalfMyDAF and This is a great idea. The people behind this are Jennifer and David Risher. Putting half of your DAF money to work is a simple, elegant and popular idea. By the time you read this, their efforts will have inspired over $1 million […]

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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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