What is a donor advised fund and how can it help your organization?

The world of nonprofit fundraising is filled with assumptions and misconceptions, many of which are held and advanced by professionals within its own ranks. One such example is that foundations are made, maintained and funded by the uber-wealthy, leaving the rest of the population with only traditional gifting vehicles such as multi-year pledges, gifts of cash and stock transfers. This narrative is obviously a generalization. As proof, consider the recent offering by Schwab Charitable that… Read more »

Building faith through stewardship

An artist’s rendering of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church’s completed campus, including new church building.

Every day, 100 workers descend on the campus of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church for construction of a larger, permanent church and a new school gym for the growing parish in Wichita, Kansas. The Rev. Dan Spexarth, pastor, said parishioners drive through the parking lot at “1 mile per hour” just so they can get a closer look at the projects taking shape. “It’s very exciting,’’ Spexarth said. The parish’s Out of Love for… Read more »

Inspiring capital campaign success in new communities

For the firm’s first 17 years, the Steier Group thrived while conducting campaign planning studies and capital campaigns for faith-based organizations. Over the last five years, our firm has built on that success by expanding our services to include executive counsel, development audits, planned giving counsel and parish audits. But the most exciting change is finding new partners in new places. Working in new locations or with a new type of organization provides the Steier… Read more »

Power your capital campaign with wealth screening

Nonprofits planning a capital campaign can draw on plenty of effective tools to ensure success. There’s an essential one the Steier Group always recommends: wealth screening. Wealth screening is crucial because it helps nonprofits determine the capacity of donors to give. “Wealth screening provides our clients a tremendous advantage in a capital campaign,’’ said Matt Vuorela, Steier Group president. “We’ve seen countless examples of how wealth screening helps nonprofits not only meet but exceed their… Read more »

For the Diocese of Wichita, stewardship is a way of life

For the Diocese of Wichita, stewardship is not a goal; it’s a way of life. This diocese strives to be a community that gives generously, sacrificially and proportionally while sharing responsibility for the mission of the Church. There’s a reason they are known nationally for dedication to stewardship. When the diocese hired the Steier Group, deepening the practice of stewardship was as high a priority as raising funds to renovate the cathedral, invest in seminarian… Read more »

Four tips for successful year-end fundraising

The end of summer is a great time to review your year-end fundraising program. The fourth quarter is such an important time for nonprofits as donors decide where to send their final donations of the year. Thinking ahead now will put your organization in a great spot for a successful end-of-year appeal. Here are a few things to keep in mind as the end of 2019 approaches: Look back at your yearly goals and evaluate… Read more »