Here’s a look back at some of the trends in nonprofits during 2016. One trend that sticks out to us? Using direct mail for non-profits as a great way to grow end-of-year donations. Read a few more below! And if you’re looking for business solutions for your nonprofit, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
The nonprofit sector is changing. That’s hardly a groundbreaking observation—of course it’s changing, as it does every year—but this time, something feels different.
Maybe it’s the already-begun exodus of Baby Boomers in nonprofit leadership positions. Maybe it’s the scramble to understand shifting giving habits as younger donors enter the philanthropic discussion in greater numbers. Maybe it’s the dip in donor retention rates after a few years of solid gains. Whatever it is, there’s a feeling of added urgency. The pace of change, it seems, is accelerating. And for continued success in 2016 and beyond, nonprofits need to keep up.
So, NonProfit PRO reached out to some of the sector’s brightest minds and biggest innovators for predictions on what’s in store for the coming year—everything from leadership issues to giving trends to big ideas. In all, we received 80 trends from 44 leaders at 34 nonprofits, agencies and consulting groups.
Click here to view all 80 nonprofit trends for 2016 on one page, or use the box below to navigate to a specific section.
Mr. Zuckerberg’s latest foray into philanthropy should not be surprising. There are already tens of billions of dollars held by the nation’s donor-advised funds, “invested” by the nation’s wealthy. In fact, an analysis of the top charities by size demonstrates the incredible growth in these entities’ assets since 2006. This trend for the sector is a challenge and an opportunity. The donor investing community is attracted to what the funds offer: current charitable contribution tax treatment coupled with the ability to “invest” the charitable distribution over time. However, the ultimate end-user—the mission-based organization creating the desired impact—may not receive the funding for an extended period of time.
The challenge and the opportunity, as I see it, is to bridge the divide between the donor-investor and the mission he or she wants to fund. And in 2016 charitable organizations will have to sharpen their focus on the social return on investment their organizations deliver, so they can provide donor-investors with meaningful impact statements that will accelerate charitable investments in their missions.
—Timothy Phillips, general counsel, American Cancer Society
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