Endowment Campaigns

Every nonprofit wants an endowment—the bigger the better. Endowment earns income that does not need to be raised each year. For a nonprofit, endowment is the equivalent of teaching a person how to fish.

Why then do so few nonprofit organizations have endowments capable of producing income of significant size in relationship to their annual budgets? Because hard pressed nonprofits find it hard to justify raising $10,000 today and then setting it aside to earn at best a few hundred dollars for this year’s needs.

In reality endowment campaigns are just as important as any other fundraising effort an organization can undertake. They bring in the support that can provide the stability needed to allow a nonprofit to concentrate on mission rather than survival.

Articles about Endowment & Endowment Campaigns

In Search of the Elusive Major Giver

What a Major Giver is How to find them What you need to have in place before conducting a Major Gifts Campaign Your organization needs money. Big money. The kind of money you can't raise by going out and asking for donations of $10, $20, $100, or perhaps even $1,000....

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Setting an Endowment Campaign Goal

How do we begin to set a goal? You first set a "target" goal, based on what you must accept as very loose factors; those being the changing rates of interest (meaning changing amounts of future income), the sliding scale of actual endowment funds at work as the...

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