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Fundraising Notes

Phooey on the Traditional Feasibility Study! -- After seeing several recent posts in different contexts asserting that organizations contemplating major new fundraising efforts must always conduct feasibility studies, I just couldn't keep quiet any longer.  Follow the link here for more on this topic.

2016 Michigan Fundraising Climate Survey -- This year's survey site has closed and we are analyzing the data.  Look for our report here and in the media beginning the week of February 8th.

14 Michigan Fundraising Climate Survey Released -- On Monday, April 13, 2014 we released the results of our 2014 fundraising climate survey.  This year's 

 survey shows continuing improvement in Michigan’s general fundraising climate.   The majority of organizations reported improved fundraising results for 2013 when compared to 2012, rated their local fundraising conditions in early 2014 as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent,’ and expressed optimism about their organizations’ chances for fundraising success in 2014.

There were, however, some important exceptions within this generally bright outlook.  Nearly 40% of organizations responding to the survey reported that they did not meet their 2013 fundraising goals.  

The potential impact of fundraising for the “Grand Bargain” that would prevent the sale of City of Detroit-owned art at the DIA was also a concern for many metro-Detroit organizations.  Nearly 40% of metro-Detroit respondents expected that Detroit bankruptcy-related fundraising could have a ‘Somewhat Negative’ or ‘Strongly Negative’ impact on their own organizations’ fundraising.

Click here for access to the press release on this year's survey. The complete report will be added later.

2013 Michigan Fundraising Conditions Survey Released--
On Monday, April 1, 2013 we released the results of our 2013 fundraising conditions survey.  This year's results were generally encouraging but probably not as encouraging as last year's. The 2013 Survey revealed a mixed outlook for fundraising in Michigan with reasons for both concern and optimism.

Two new questions provided some especially interesting results:

  • Almost 40% of respondents reported that their organizations did not achieve its 2012 fundraising goal.
  • Michigan organizations have a significantly different pattern of giving by source than observed in the Giving USA series of reports.
Links below will take you to:

initial report on the 2013 survey and data supplement for that report.

MLive article on this year's survey.

A podcast of the Wednesday 4/3/13 edition of Michigan Radio's
Stateside program.

Results from the 2012 Michigan Fundraising Conditions Study 
Follow the links immediately below for access to the full report text (including detailed results by type, location and size of organization) as well as the slides used at the presentation event.  A summary of our finding appears here. Click here for the full report and here for an MLive article on our 2012 survey.

It's time for renewed focus on fundraising
 -- Crain's Detroit Business (June 10, 2012) -- Julie and Mike revisited the 2012 Fundraising Conditions Survey data and noted an unfortunate tendency on the part of the groups surveyed to shy away from some of the fundraising techniques most closely associated with successful major gifts fundraising.  Link to the article.

As economy improves, nonprofits will still feel the pinch -In early January, Mike Montgomery had a guest commentary in the Detroit Free Press that analyzed the "new normal" for fundraising.  To see the article, click here.