Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pledge Fufilllment

Pledge fufillment

This is a difficult topic to find good benchmarks on.   AHP has done some work in the Health Care world and AFP did do a survey which are referenced below.  Most of the material we’ve seen does reference rates in relation to capital campaigns.

There is an AHP study  Charitable pledges down due to slow economy (This is on Health Care) which  also includes Canada

Most of the material  speaks to pledge default rates and related material.   

From AFP

Coverage in Advancing Philanthropy(you may need to be logged in as a member)

There is a discussion on Michael Rosen’s Blog

From other sources



 This is some material that was shared with us by a member that they found elsewhere.  I have no direct source for this material.

II. From Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy:
“To our knowledge, studies have not investigated the issue of pledge payment fulfillment ofcommitments of longer than five years. CASE Management and Reporting Standards recommend that acampaign be no more than seven years in length and that donors should fulfill their pledges within aperiod of five years, though longer period commitments can be accepted. However, there is nostatement that this recommendation in any way correlates to the issue of lessened likelihood of pledgefulfillment in the case of longer pledge commitment periods.”

III. From the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy:
We are not aware of any studies or statistics on this issue. However, we generally agree with yourhypothesis that the longer the pledge period, the more likely someone will be to default on a pledge,especially in times of economic instability. Thus, the industry standard is that the pledge payment period should not exceed five years.
In our experience, we have seen very low default rates for well-solicited and documented capital pledges. You may see a write off percentage of 2-3%, but this is usually made up of smaller donors sotheir overall percentage is small. It is important to have good pledge collection procedures in place tokeep the uncollectibles to a minimum. These procedures should include regular updates to donors on theuse of their funds (i.e. project updates), pledge reminders notices, post campaign events, etc.Intervention on pledges which become delinquent is also important to making sure pledges are paid ontime. Most successful campaigns do not meet their goal and "stop on a dime". Going over your goal by 2percent or so would generally take care of any uncollectible pledges. One area where we have seen a problem with pledge collection is in campaigns which have a long pledge payment history of 8-10 years

A general reminder that nothing we provide should be considered or should substitute for appropriate legal advice.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Nonproift CEO's

Role of the CEO

CEO Fundraising
Here is some web material on CEO Major Gift Fundraising.

CEO’s and capital campaign

CSR via the Blogs
A variety of articles via our Recent News Blog.

A variety of articles via our International News Blog

Other web material we’ve seen.

An article from the AFP Information Exchange( this article requires login)
Do you have what it takes to be CEO

Some material on Board/Staff Relations from Idealist