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Dollars Making Sense is a free, monthly e-newsletter for nonprofit volunteers, professional leaders, and philanthropists who want to to understand and implement the most effective ways to raise money, develop leaders and create more viable futures.

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2014
2013

EHL Consulting Featured on the Giving Institute Blog
"To change the way others talk about fundraising in the external environment, nonprofits must commit to utilizing stronger, more positive language that puts the donor in the center of the conversation," noted Avrum Lapin and Robert Evans.
09/18/2013
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Avrum Lapin Featured in the Jewish Exponent
“The new generation of donors has a great desire for transparency,” says Lapin. “They ask more questions and they want to know exactly where their dollars are going."
09/16/2013
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Robert Evans Featured in Fundraising Success Magazine
"The results of charitable giving in 2012 showed donors still have a definite interest in supporting the nonprofit world in our country and the world, but they have done it in a relatively lackluster fashion," Robert Evans says.
08/09/2013
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Reviewing Giving USA 2013 with a Jewish Perspective
This year, the Giving USA Annual Report detailed that charitable giving increased in current dollars in 2012 by 3.5%, reflecting the third consecutive year of aggregate higher charitable support from donors. We see this as good news and bad news, filled with challenges to nonprofit organizations seeking support from the Jewish community.
06/28/2013
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Robert Evans Reviews Disaster Giving with CNN Money
"During Hurricane Katrina there was much more support," said Robert Evans. "We would have expected 50% more in terms of total dollars given."
06/21/2013
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Giving USA Releases Annual Report of the State of Philanthropy
Robert Evans, founder and managing director of EHL Consulting, weighed in, saying that philanthropy is not rising to the biggest challenges facing society. “Its a good report, but its also a sad commentary on the state of affairs in our country,” Evans said.
06/20/2013
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Sandy Relief a Bright Spot in Giving USA, says Robert Evans
"While I bemoan the fact that Americans aren't as generous as they could be, I still applaud them for being generous," said Robert Evans, a member of the editorial board of the Giving USA Foundation, and the founder of the Willow Grove, Pa.-based EHL Consulting Group.
06/18/2013
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Robert Evans on the Economy of Walking for Cures
Robert Evans, founder of EHL Consulting , a group that helps nonprofits with fundraising, says these are “very expensive events.”
06/05/2013
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EHL Consulting Discusses Twitter Chat Etiquette with SocialTimes
J. Lansing Sylvia, Director of Communications, featured in latest article on Twitter Chat Etiquette.
05/13/2013
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EHL Consulting Featured in the Washington Jewish Week
Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin say to get their cutting edge back, Jewish philanthropies need to be financially transparent, with financial statements easily accessible online, and communicate effectively with donors.
04/24/2013
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EHL Consulting Featured on UniversityBusiness.com
“DAFs are a bank account for donors who are ready to go shopping for great projects," says Evans.
01/24/2013
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Robert I. Evans Featured in the Jewish Exponent
Regarding the fiscal cliff's impact on charitable giving, Evans says: “The implications are going to have to be weighed strategically and carefully. While we like to believe that charitable giving is an American institution, and most donors don’t make charitable gifts based solely on tax deduction, there is always a relationship.”
01/09/2013
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2012

Robert I. Evans Featured in the Jewish Journal
“Over the last few years, there has not been a lot of gifting of insurance policies,” said Robert Evans. “It has just generally not been something that nonprofits — Jewish or not — have been talking very much about.”
11/20/2012
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EHL Consulting Featured in The Jewish Week
“Internet-based campaigning techniques really focus on the small gift,” says Robert Evans. “We’re starting to see great efficiencies happen there.”
11/13/2012
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Robert I. Evans Featured in the New York Times
When fund-raisers sit down with married couples, the women ask “piercing questions,” said Robert I. Evans, founder of the EHL Consulting Group in Willow Grove, Pa., which specializes in nonprofits. “They get into discussions about the importance of certain programs and the salaries of agency personnel.”
11/08/2012
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EHL Consulting Featured Member Post on The Giving Institute Blog
New blog posted by Robert I. Evans & Avrum D. Lapin: "Financial Decisions, Transparency, and Inappropriate Expenses: Let’s Define Good & Proper Behavior!"
09/19/2012
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Robert Evans Featured in the Wilmington News Journal
“If [the University of Delaware] received $5 million from DuPont, that’s a very serious gift,” Evans says. “I applaud them for getting it, and DuPont for giving it.”
08/22/2012
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Robert Evans Featured on WHYY
"Philadelphians are not as generous as we like to say we are," says Evans.
08/21/2012
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EHL Consulting Featured at Summer Symposium
Robert I. Evans, Founder and Managing Director of EHL Consulting, moderated an unusual conversation with both local and national philanthropists, who shared their thoughts on the current state of the philanthropic landscape and discussed recent trends in the nonprofit community.
07/27/2012
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Avrum Lapin Featured in The Jewish Week
“The biggest drag on philanthropy right now is that psychological hesitation,” says Lapin.
07/13/2012
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Robert Evans Featured in the Christian Science Monitor
“Declining attendance at religious services is part and parcel to the issue” of struggling to maintain or increase giving levels, says Evans.
06/22/2012
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Robert Evans Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer…Again!
"Corporate America is being [influenced] by shareholder pressure not to give, but show returns to the bottom line," says Evans.
06/21/2012
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Robert Evans Featured on Nonprofit Radio Show
Philadelphia Fundraising Consultant Robert Evans to discuss the state of charitable giving in the United States on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio
06/21/2012
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EHL Consulting Hosts Over 90 Guests at Inaugural Giving USA Event
Philadelphia fundraising consultant Robert I. Evans joined Dr. Patrick Rooney at the exclusive Union League in Center City to present on the state of charitable giving in the United States
06/21/2012
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Robert Evans Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer
"Institutions doing bad things discourage giving," says Evans. "Donors at all levels feel they have to send a message to the powers-that-be that they don't like bad behavior, and they do it with their checkbooks."
06/20/2012
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Edwards Wildman Hosts Robert Evans and Patrick Rooney for Charitable Discourse
EHL Consulting Group and Edwards Wildman sponsor most successful event yet with over 80 attendees for discussion on the state of today’s charitable giving
06/20/2012
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Avrum Lapin and Shuey Fogel Co-Host Seminar in Israel
Presentation available for download on the "New Normal" in US Fundraising for International Nonprofits
06/14/2012
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Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant Robert Evans To Present On ‘State Of Giving’
EHL Consulting Group and Edwards Wildman sponsor discussion on the state of charitable giving in the United States in 2012
06/07/2012
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Panelists stress themes of unity, diversity at Philadelphia conference
EHL Consulting article featured in Cleveland Jewish News
05/24/2012
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Payments in Lieu of Taxes: Necessary Evil or Unfair Imposition?
EHL "Guest Blogs" with the Giving Institute
05/23/2012
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Social Media and Jewish Nonprofits: Missing in Action?
02/15/2012
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Modern Jewish Women Donors: A New Paradigm
02/06/2012
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2011

Corporate Giving: Not What It Used To Be
Robert Evans quoted in Philadelphia Business Journal
11/18/2011
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For ‘Friends’ Groups, A New Normal
EHL Consulting Partner, Avrum Lapin, is interviewed by Jewish Week
11/08/2011
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Fundraising for Israel Confronts What’s Now the ‘New Normal’
EHL Consulting in The jewish Exponent
10/26/2011
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Major American Friends Report Released By The EHL Consulting Group, Inc.
09/19/2011
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Charitable giving up in U.S. for first time in 3 years
EHL Quoted in The Dayton Daily News
08/07/2011
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Nonprofit directors offered fundraising advice
07/02/2011
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Push on to bring nation’s first museum for writers to Chicago
EHL Consulting in Chicago Tribune
06/25/2011
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2010

EHL Consulting in the Jewish Week
Robert Evans was quoted in the article entitled "In A First, Religious Gifts Decline Slightly"
06/16/2010
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EHL Consulting in Philly Burbs
Robert Evans was quoted in the article entitled "Nonprofits to comply with tax mandate"
04/11/2010
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EHL Consulting in the Jewish Exponent
EHL was interviewed in the article entitled "Boxed Out: Givers Dwindle as the Playing Field Shifts"
03/04/2010
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2009

EHL Consulting in Philadelphia Business Journal
"Good News About Giving" Op-Ed written by our principals, Robert Evans and Avrum Lapin.
07/20/2009
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2008