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COVID-19 Survey Results: How Advancement Teams are Responding

Holman Gao | 5 min read

Survey results last updated March 18th, 2020, 6:00pm EDT. To support the education advancement community, BoostMySchool collaborated with ThankView and Wavelength to distribute an anonymized survey...

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Adjusting Your School’s Advancement in the Age of COVID-19

Holman Gao | 5 min read

Over the last few weeks, there’s no doubt what’s been top of mind - COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019. A virus that seemed far away in China just a few months ago is now creating chaos...

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Annual Fund Planning: A Monthly Guide to Reaching Your Goals

Caroline Schafer | 4 min read

One of the most important parts of planning for an annual fund campaign is by developing a calendar. With this calendar, you’ll be able to outline steps for when you’ll make solicitations to donors...

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4 Ways to Improve Your Annual Day of Giving

Julie Chomiak | 5 min read

An annual day of giving is a fantastic way to drive donations and encourage participation from all of your constituents. Many schools have already adopted this practice and have realized good results...

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A Gift for Giving: How Schools Can Boost Donor Experience with a Small Gesture

Dianne Regnier | 6 min read

Guest Contributor

When considering the relationship between your school and its supporters, you may immediately think of it as primarily being based on the donors giving to the school — but it is important to remember...

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Make your school’s #GivingTuesday appeal stand out from the rest

Holman Gao | 4 min read

#GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a great day for schools to make a fundraising appeal, since it's recognized as the US's national day of giving. However, it can be a challenge...

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Easy Way to Raise More: Allow Your Donors To Cover Fees

Holman Gao | 4 min read

Processing fees are inherent with all digital transactions today. Unfortunately, online donations are not exempt, but an easy way to save on this cost is to offer your donors the ability to cover...

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Bring on the School Spirit: 4 Alumni Reunion Fundraising Tips

Julie Chomiak | 4 min read

Alumni reunions have become a major piece of the fundraising puzzle for many schools. They provide a natural way to bring alumni from all generations together and get them back on campus. While the...

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How to Leverage Your Alumni Network to Meet Fundraising Goals

Julie Chomiak | 5 min read

Your school’s alumni network is likely an untapped - or underutilized - goldmine for both engagement and fundraising campaigns. Alumni have a very specific connection to your school and by leveraging...

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Why Online Fundraising Matters To Your School

Julie Chomiak | 7 min read

Online fundraising has quickly become a necessary component of schools’ fundraising strategies - and for good reason! Online giving has steadily increased year over year, growing 7.9% from 2015 to 2016 and 12.1% from 2016 to 2017.

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4 Fundraising Ideas to Hit Your School’s Annual Goals

Julie Chomiak | 6 min read

Each year, development teams are tasked with raising more money from their constituents and to do so effectively, they need to utilize new fundraising ideas. We’ve rounded up four fundraising ideas that will help you hit your school’s annual goals.

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Using Fundraising Thermometers for Your School’s Development Campaigns

Julie Chomiak | 6 min read

When you’re responsible for a fundraising campaign, from the annual fund to a major capital endeavor, designing new ways to excite your constituents and stimulate gift giving can be challenging. One of the best tactics for tracking gifts, showing donor appreciation, and getting those spur-of-the-moment gifts is to use a fundraising thermometer.

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2018 Tax Bill Implications on Schools’ Charitable Giving

Julie Chomiak | 4 min read

The recent Republican tax bill is on everyone’s mind. What does it mean for individuals, their taxes, and their future? While much of this information is hazy, it’s been made clear that fewer people will be able to itemize their charitable deductions, meaning fewer charitable gifts are expected.

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Donation Deluge: 3 Tips for Amazing Year End Giving Results

Julie Chomiak | 5 min read

Year end giving is a great way to add a deadline for charitable gifts. While the fiscal year runs through June, it’s encouraging to have at least half of your fundraising goal met by the start of the new year.

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How to Set Up Your Crowdfunding Campaign for Success

Holman Gao | 3 min read

Before your crowdfunding campaign goes live, ensure the campaign goes well with these three tactics that U.S. public and private schools have successfully used on BoostMySchool.

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3 Tips for Increasing Alumni Giving

Holman Gao | 3 min read

Increase first-time alumni donors and alumni participation rates with these three tips from advancement directors at U.S. public and private high schools.

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