Getting To Giving

Fundraising The Entrepreneurial Way

Getting to Giving (G2G) is for people who want to have a significant impact on their world, through philanthropy. We offer nonprofit leadership – volunteers, fundraisers, and executives – as well as donors a new perspective on fundraising, along with valuable techniques and real-life stories. The goal of our book and services is to increase your success at raising money, and convince you that fundraising is rewarding and fun!

Our Team

Deborah Sinay, Howard Stevenson, Shirley SpenceHoward Stevenson is a proud donor and fundraiser. He has served as board chair, board member and trustee of a variety of nonprofit organizations, and helped raise over $1 billion at Harvard Business School and other institutions.  His G2G teammates include Shirley Spence, his Getting to Giving coauthor and consultant; and Deborah Sinay, a seasoned development professional.
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The Fundraising Book

Getting to Giving Fundraising BookGetting to Giving stresses the importance of taking an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising, and understanding donor motivations. Central to the book are the four critical donor questions that every fundraiser must be prepared to answer: Are you doing important work? Are you well managed? Will my gift make a difference? Will the experience be satisfying to me?
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Educational Services

nonprofit consultingG2G is committed to supporting individuals and institutions in the pursuit of their philanthropic goals. Our monthly e-newsletter is designed to stimulate thinking, give you fundraising ideas, and foster a dialogue (sign up here). Our educational services include talks and training delivered through online webinars or live seminars. Our building block approach allows you to focus on or combine any number of fundraising topics. We also offer nonprofit consulting and advisory support.
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In The News

Five Surprising Things About Philanthropy – NPR
“Howard’s Gift Interview”
– CNN
What If A Legendary Harvard Professor Mentored You- Fast Company
Howard Stevenson Talks Entrepreneurship
– Babson College
How to Raise a Billion Dollars
90.9 WBUR Here and Now
Inside the Mind of a Donor
– The Wealth Channel  
HBS’s Howard Stevenson: What Big Companies Can Learn from Start-ups
– Forbes.com
Howard Stevenson Radio Interview – Your Money Matters!
The House That Howard Built – Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin
Teaching Lessons from a 43-Year HBS Veteran – Forbes.com
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Recent Blog Posts

Fundraising Q/A: We had less than a great experience with a recent gift agreement, and could use some advice please.

To start, I would suggest you check out a general overview called “How to Seal the Deal” that we offered in a previous newsletter. Here, I’ll talk about some of the common problems you can run into.

The syllogism is true: “Good decisions come from wisdom, wisdom comes from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.” I’ve experienced my share of gift agreement mistakes, as a donor and a fundraiser. Read More

Fundraising Q/A: What’s the best “thank you” that you’ve ever received, as a donor?

That’s actually a hard question to answer because there have been so many good ones over the years. (That would fall into the good news category, I think.)
What makes for a “good one”? For me, it reflects three things. Read More

Fundraising Q/A: Do You Have Any Tips For Year End Giving?

Year-end giving is a tradition that goes back to Good King Wenceslas[1]. These days, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, nearly half of all donations to nonprofits arrive in the last quarter. That’s a tough way to run a business, and may explain why so many nonprofits end the year with a shortfall. Read More