Foundation Center does not offer any training in the use of Raiser’s Edge software, but Blackbaud, the software's vendor, offers a variety of online and in-person training options. Select "Search for Training" to review its offerings.
Gift acknowledgement letters are important for two reasons. First, they provide proof so donors can claim a U.S. tax exemption. Second, they let you thank donors for their generosity, helping you build a relationship for future support.
Contacting a grantmaker with a phone call or written proposal without having researched it first often wastes time and effort, for you and the funder. Many grantmakers have shared with us that the most frequent reason for turning down requests is that they do not fit within their funding interests.
Through donations and bequests, individual donors typically account for more than three-quarters of charitable giving each year. Nonprofit organizations rely on individual donors for consistent support.