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Latest Insights from The Fundraising Effectiveness Project

Latest Insights from The Fundraising Effectiveness Project

November 14, 2023

In this episode of The Beacon Podcast, Lighthouse Counsel Senior Consultant Dr. Lilya Wagner speaks with Erik Daubert, who’ll be sharing insights from AFP’s Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s latest report.

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project was created in 2006 as a joint project of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute to conduct research on fundraising effectiveness and help nonprofit organizations increase their fundraising results. Erik was the project’s first volunteer chair.

In their discussion, Erik talks about:

  • The Fundraising Effectiveness Project, its purpose and origins
  • The FEP’s latest report, its top three takeaways and implications for nonprofits
  • Actionable items nonprofits should be doing as a result of the findings in the report


With over three decades of nonprofit experience, Erik is regarded as a leader in the areas of financial development and nonprofit management. In addition to a broad-based career in nonprofits, he also has served as a consultant and founding partner in multiple nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Erik’s work has been referenced, published and quoted in resources including CBS News, Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Forbes, The Washington Post, USA Today, BoardSource, Advancing Philanthropy, Charitable Giving Coalition, Financial Advisor, Center for Effective Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Foundation Center, The Huffington Post and others.

He has written books, manuals and articles on topics such as nonprofit research; philanthropy; grants; annual, capital, endowment and major gifts; and more. His latest book (co-authored) is titled “Strategies and Tools to Raise Money” and was published as an e-book through John Wiley & Sons.