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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.

  • High Donor Acquisition

    October 1, 2020

    From Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO Today’s issue of ALLThingsDAF can be considered a two-fer—you know, when you get two really good outcomes for the price of one. For a long time, the issue related to new donor acquisition had two sides—you were either in the camp for quantity or you were in the […]

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  • The DAF Donor Identity Issue

    August 20, 2020

    From Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO The DAF Donor Identity Issue The number one question and complaint from my last three DAF webinars has been the same. Some problems have occurred in the past – and I’ll indicate what those were – but I think we need to give credit where it’s due on […]

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  • It’s a matter of WHEN, not if, you meet a DAF nay-sayer

    July 9, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO One benefit of reading this blog regularly is you will be more informed on DAF giving. I’ve tried to inspire through enthusiasm and inform with real-life examples. There’s an element of “What Would Jack Do?” in most of them. Being informed with good information is the best way […]

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  • What’s happening with DAF giving in 2020?

    June 18, 2020

    By Jack Doyle, Amergent President & CEO 2020 has been an exciting ride for DAF grant recipients. For several organizations, year-to-date DAF total dollars raised as we approach the end of June have exceeded all that was raised in the 12 months of 2019. You read that correctly. More DAF money in six months than […]

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  • 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 halfmydaf.com. 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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