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Major Gifts

A Podcast on Fundraising from Veritus Group

Major gift fundraising is the lifeblood of non-profit organizations around the world. Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels address major gifts twice monthly, to help you and your organization connect with donors in authentic ways to make an impact in your community – and the world.

Do You Know the Hidden Potential in Your Donor File?

Do You Know the Hidden Potential in Your Donor File?

Over the past two decades, our team at Veritus has analyzed hundreds of different non-profits’ data files, and we see the same trends over and over again. While overall revenue may go up year-over-year, many donors give less over time (or go away altogether). But organizations are often unaware this is happening because the loss is covered up by gifts from new donors. 
 
For today’s episode, Theresa Tapocsi (Client Experience Leader and and Client Services Data Team Lead) and Amy Chapman (Director of Client Engagement) join Jeff for a conversation about the process and approach we take in our free Donor File Assessment. If you’re ready to uncover your organization’s hidden potential and identify opportunities for relational giving, tune in now!

Do You Know the Hidden Potential in Your Donor File?

Do You Know the Hidden Potential in Your Donor File?

Over the past two decades, our team at Veritus has analyzed hundreds of different non-profits’ data files, and we see the same trends over and over again. While overall revenue may go up year-over-year, many donors give less over time (or go away altogether). But organizations are often unaware this is happening because the loss is covered up by gifts from new donors. 
 
For today’s episode, Theresa Tapocsi (Client Experience Leader and and Client Services Data Team Lead) and Amy Chapman (Director of Client Engagement) join Jeff for a conversation about the process and approach we take in our free Donor File Assessment. If you’re ready to uncover your organization’s hidden potential and identify opportunities for relational giving, tune in now!

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