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Devin D. Thorpe
Devin Thorpe

Fundraising Expert Offers 3 Tips for Effective Philanthropy

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One of Utah’s leading nonprofit fundraising professionals recently left the Community Foundation of Utah where I serve on the board to launch her own business serving nonprofits. Katherine Fife is the founder of Philanthropy Matters.

Katherine recently share three tips with me for more effective philanthropy. I’ll share  them here:

  1. Giving options are multiplying. The philanthropic landscape is changing, both for those who make charitable gifts, as well as for those who are receiving them and putting them to work for social good. The options for giving are growing exponentially and charitable giving is no longer as simple as writing a check. Gifts are made for more personal reasons and based upon impact.
  2. Investing parallels giving. More and more philanthropists are beginning to mirror their philanthropic giving with their personal financial investments. In the past, philanthropists and donors would manage their charitable giving in a completely separate way from their financial investments. In many circumstances, the two were often in conflict with one another. Today, social and financial returns are now being integrated and can even have complimentary portfolios.
  3. Consider your options. It is important to consider all options to make the best decisions regarding your giving and investments that align with your charitable goals. To get the most out of your giving, it is essential to educate yourself or work with experts who can help guide you in your philanthropic journey.

On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 4:00 Eastern, Katherine will join me for a live discussion about effective philanthropy. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

Katherine Fife, courtesy of Philanthropy Matters

Katherine Fife, courtesy of Philanthropy Matters

More about Philanthropy Matters:

Philanthropy Matters, LLC is focused on making charitable giving more effective, efficient, and impactful. We Help Philanthropists:

  • Determine philanthropic goals,
  • Establish philanthropic giving plans/portfolios,
  • Understand options and issues for giving, and
  • Gain a better understanding of the impact of giving/philanthropic investments.

We Help Nonprofits:

  • Better steward/appreciate donors
  • Understand giving strategies

Katherine’s bio:

Twitter: @katherinefife

Katherine is the founder and principal consultant at Philanthropy Matters, LLC. Wanting to make charitable giving more effective, efficient, and impactful, Katherine started this business after more than two decades of working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

Previously, Katherine has served as the Director of Philanthropy for the Community Foundation of Utah, where she assisted hundreds of philanthropists with their charitable giving. Helping to deploy over $20 million into social good, Katherine has a comprehensive perspective on giving. In addition to working with donors of all types, Katherine has extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector, managing all aspects of a nonprofit organization, both on the programmatic side, as well as development. She has experience raising funds through various methods including grant writing, special events, capital campaigns, annual appeals, individual and major giving and more. In addition to consulting, Katherine also served as the Director of Marketing and Development with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah.

In a volunteer capacity, Katherine currently serves on the Planned Giving Advisory Council for Salt Lake Community College Foundation and is the Treasurer on the Advisory Board of the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center. She also served as president of the Utah Society of Fund Raisers board of directors. Katherine earned her Master’s degree in family ecology from the University of Utah and her BA in sociology from Westminster College in Salt Lake. She is inspired by the opportunity to make positive change through partnerships with those who are committed to social good.

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