Disrupt Your Innovation

Disrupt. Innovate. Think bigger, think differently! All valuable advice.  In fact, innovation is often listed as one of the most important focal points for any company.  It encourages growth, creates value for employees and customers and brings much-needed advancements to the field. Arguably, any of the greatest achievements in history have occurred because someone, somewhere … Continue reading Disrupt Your Innovation

Nonprofit Storytelling Conference 2019 – A Manifesto

I've just returned from San Diego from the 2019 Nonprofit Storytelling Conference.  It will take a lot of time to process the information, the incredible sessions, the learning and the re-ignition that came out of it. It's an incredible conference.  I'd had the opportunity to attend in 2016, which I blogged about here and here.  … Continue reading Nonprofit Storytelling Conference 2019 – A Manifesto

The Things That Came Before

Sometimes, to make truly lasting, important, substantive change we have to honor what came before. We weren't there for the little decisions, the tough choices, the concessions that had to be made that led to the status being quo. We might've missed the thousand-and-one paper cuts, putting a band-aid on this one and that one … Continue reading The Things That Came Before

On Algorithms, Analytics and Discernment

Have you seen it? The Top 100 Charity Industry Influencers ranked by Onalytica.  I ranked at #12. In a list with people like John Haydon (who totes deserves to be at #1), Tom Ahern, Lisa Sargent, Michael Rosen, Pamela Grow, Jeff Brooks, Gail Perry . . .  Phenomenal thought leaders whose work has - and … Continue reading On Algorithms, Analytics and Discernment

Does Giving Need Saving?

Probably.  If you read any recent reports or statistics, yeah, we've got a lot of work to do.  Fundraising Effectiveness Project, GivingUSA, literal thousands of case studies, webinars, trainings, conferences . . . . we're investing a lot of time, money and energy in saving giving. This article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy  . . . … Continue reading Does Giving Need Saving?

On “The Annual Fund”

I'm honored to have been invited to speak at the AFP Silicon Valley chapter.  The topic?  My favorite:  The Annual Fund Isn't Annual. I'm equally as honored that there were so many responses to a random Twitter question I posted: I mean, goodness, Simone Joyaux even blogged about it! The over-arching, most common themes and … Continue reading On “The Annual Fund”

On Storytelling – The Good, The Bad, The Meh, Whatever

Whether you loved it, hated it, didn't watch it or obsessively tweeted about it, it's inarguable that Game of Thrones captured the world's imagination and was, possibly, one of the most phenomenal series in television history. Not phenomenal as in great, but phenomenal as in - it was a phenomenon - a "remarkable person, thing … Continue reading On Storytelling – The Good, The Bad, The Meh, Whatever

On Gratitude and Culture

I love this question from Tim Sarrantonio at Neon. Do we think enough about what gratitude is, what it means and how we truly express gratitude to our donors?  Sure, we talk about donor retention rate and the crisis it is in our sector, but do we really, truly express gratitude? Or are we implementing … Continue reading On Gratitude and Culture

What’s In a Name? In Praise of Development

WONDERFUL post today from Amy Eisenstein on Nonprofit Job Titles.  Touch of humor and some really good points.  We're seeing trends in all sectors that job titles are changing to be a little more fun, a little more descriptive - saw one the other day that was "Chief People Officer" and another one was "Head … Continue reading What’s In a Name? In Praise of Development

Are You Literally Losing Donors?

Yes. Thank you for attending my TED talk. OK, let me elaborate.  If you're not proactively managing your data, you are literally losing donors and letting real money walk out the door. And I'm not talking about the general and to-be-expected lapsing donors, or donor retention rates.  I'm talking about just the data itself - … Continue reading Are You Literally Losing Donors?