You can download USA Giving’s 2011 Annual Report on Philanthropy Executive Summary for free.

What do donors look like in the future? This scan summarizes key trends and what they mean for giving.

Hot for a while, Kickstarter and crowdfunding have slowed.

The NEA is set to take a 5% budget cut…what does this mean for you?

GIVING TRENDS

L3C is a Low-Profit Limited Liability Company or social purpose enterprise that may or may not generate revenue. Understanding the potential of this entity to the arts and culture community has become the passion of Michael DiFonzo who has a series of events and online resources dedicated to the subject.

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013 can be downloaded for free and is an annual industry forecast about private capital used for public good. It provides a bird’s eye view of the current landscape, pointing to major trends, and changes in the horizon. Please note, you will have to register and answer a few questions in order to download the document from Grantcraft.

Looking towards the future is critical in crafting your contributed income strategy. This article takes it up a notch by exploring the traits that are unique to the Millenial Generation ie the youth of today who are and will be the art consumers of tomorrow.

Crowdfunding — What works and what doesn’t? The good news is that Dance and Theater projects have the greatest success rate!

Think that a nonprofit can’t use crowdfunding platforms? Think again! The Nonprofit Quarterly breaks down the major players and how you can effectively use crowdfunding to support specific projects.

Charity Navigator explores the importance of year-end giving and provides insight into the motivating factors that prompt donors to give during the holiday season.

This article published by Grantmakers in the Arts explores the various sources of arts income and places foundation spending within the larger context of overall support for the arts.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

Focusing on sustainable fundraising as stewardship, this post from Clairification, is part of her SMIT series (Single Most Important Thing I have to tell you) and provides the reader with four concrete steps to donor retention.

Nonprofit organizations show high turnover rates on their donor roles. This pattern leads to costly fundraising.

Making the case for ongoing philanthropic support, Phil Buchanan, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, explores the notion of moving from a dependency-paradigm into a long-term investment strategy.

Based on the financial success of Art Basel, this article succinctly explores tips that art organizations can implement to create mutually beneficial art and business partnerships.

TIPS & TOOLS

The National Center for Charitable Statistics runs the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. This project aims to give nonprofits tools for tracking and analyzing their annual contributed income numbers.

Compiled by Blackbaud, a software solutions company, this 5-page document fleshes out 10 ideas for capitalizing year-end fundraising momentum.

Needing ideas on how to ask people for money? Fractured Atlas has a great blog post on the topic.

Given that many organizations receive approximately 41% of their annual contributions in the last few weeks of the year, this blog features five tips and tools to prepare your organization for holiday fundraising.

Looking to boost your online fundraising? This article gives 15 straightforward pointers to do just that!

Written by Randy Cohen, a noted expert in the fields of funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues, this short but sweet article lists 10 reasons (including statistics!) to help you make your case as to why the arts matter, and more importantly, why they should be funded!

Need to jumpstart organizational fundraising? A challenge grant can be used very effectively to meet your goals.