Thank and GIVE 5: Strategic Philanthropy Done Right

It’s November,a time to give thanks,which many of us do by giving to others. At Campaign Consultation,Inc. founders Linda Brown Rivelis,President,and Steven Rivelis,CEO,have woven the spirit of giving into the fabric of their business and celebrated the season through its GIVE 5 initiative.

Through this annual program,Campaign Consultation grants five percent of its pre-tax profits to social causes and social profit organizations selected by employees.

Each employee pitches a proposal for a cause or organization about which they are passionate and makes a recommendation for an amount that they believe would make a difference for their selected organization(s).

This model of strategic philanthropy allows Campaign Consultation,Inc. to give back to communities,but also to learn to apply our core competencies in new areas and improve employee morale. This approach strikes a balance between meeting the needs of the company and those of the beneficiaries. Since the beginning,the Give 5 program has been deeply enjoyed and well received–by the company,our employees and the recipients. Stay tuned to find out to which organizations Campaign Consultation will be contributing. Announcements will be made in December.

This year,Campaign Consultation,Inc. challenges individuals and companies to participate in our GIVE 5 initiative. Individuals can celebrate the giving …Learn More

Ask Women to Give in a Big Way

Historically, fundraisers have neglected women when it comes time to ask for major gifts. They are often lulled into accepting the stereotypes of women that they lack capacity, control and knowledge of money.  To quote Julia Roberts’ character in the 1990 film Pretty Woman, “Big mistake.  Big, big mistake.”

According to the analysis of data from a 2007 Center on Philanthropy study. Women gave more often than men and spread out their giving to different charities, and they also give more in total dollars.

Some organizations are catching on to the power of women as donors.  For 20 years, World Vision has had a female-only donor group called Women of Vision. In the 2010 fiscal year, about 3,000 members of the group donated a total of $7 million to World Vision, with an average gift of $2,000.  The American Red Cross also has targeted women for bigger gifts throughout its history, but added a donor group just for women in 2005.

There is a large amount of research that examines the differences in women’s behavior, thought processes and decision making.  Studies indicate, for instance, that women are relationship oriented, whereas men tend to be action oriented. Women readily understand …Learn More