At Home in the Annual Fund

C'mon, sing with me now, "Our house.  In the middle of the street.  Our house . . . "  Or we could have gone with, "Our house is a very, very, very fine house . . . "  This is a multi-sensory blog; great info and musical ear-worms.  You're welcome. If you don't know Helen … Continue reading At Home in the Annual Fund

Donor-Centered or Data-Driven

Google "Fundraising Buzzwords" or "Nonprofit Buzzwords" and you'll get a whole list of the phrases we like to kick around the industry.  Fortunately, "Donor-Centered" is one that's stuck around for quite some time. Data-Driven seems to be losing some of its popularity.  "Big Data" is taking on different connotations (really, Big Data refers to databases … Continue reading Donor-Centered or Data-Driven

What I Won’t Do Is Subscribe to Fear

My whole social media feed is FULL of comments about how awful 2016 has been.  It seems everyone is ready to kick this year to the curb and usher in a new one - "It can't get worse, right?" Personally, I've had a fantastic year - probably one of the best on a personal and … Continue reading What I Won’t Do Is Subscribe to Fear

Fundraising is Paper Towels

Thanksgiving was wonderful and I hope yours was, too.  So many things to be thankful for - like making new friends! We met a lovely couple who are both donors and volunteers at various local nonprofits, so of course the conversation turned to stories from the trenches. Our new friend spends some time volunteering at … Continue reading Fundraising is Paper Towels

The Problem With Recurring Giving

A family I know is going through that terrible process of having to put their mother into assisted care.  She has Alzheimer's and it's so sad.  This is a woman who had a heart as big as all outdoors, gave to everyone she met and had an infectious laugh that lifted the whole room.  And … Continue reading The Problem With Recurring Giving

Philanthropic Culture in the Annual Fund

Building A Culture of Philanthropy! Does Your Organization Have a Culture of Philanthropy?  What's Your Philanthropic Culture?  GET YOUR BOARD ON BOARD! I dunno, sometimes I think the only culture I get is from yogurt. Ba dum bum. *cymbal* Discussing the development of a culture of philanthropy is absolutely the right thing to do.  Working … Continue reading Philanthropic Culture in the Annual Fund

That’s Not a Major Gift

At least five times over the last week or so I've heard the statement, "$x level is NOT a major gift; don't waste your time on those" or "Those low-level donors aren't giving major gifts.  They're nice gifts, sure, but they're not major gifts." Let me tell you about Jane.  I adore Jane.  She was … Continue reading That’s Not a Major Gift

The Annual Fund Isn’t Annual II

In the last post, I said that the Annual Fund isn't annual.  Indeed, that's the crux of this whole blog - thinking about the annual fund differently. "Well, but the blog is named 'Annual Fund' and that's what everyone calls it - the Annual Fund." True statement.  We don't have a better name yet - … Continue reading The Annual Fund Isn’t Annual II

The Annual Fund Isn’t Annual

Nor is it a Fund, but more on that later . . . annual adjective an·nu·al \ˈan-yə(-wə)l, -yü-əl\ Simple Definition of annual : happening once a year : covering the period of a year of a plant : living for only one year or season : having a life cycle that is one year or … Continue reading The Annual Fund Isn’t Annual

What’s the Big Deal about Fundraising?

About five years ago, as I was transitioning responsibilities to a new colleague, I was asked the fundamental question, "So, really, what is the big deal about Fundraising?  I just don't see what's so special about it.  You just call and ask for money." And it stopped me in my tracks, because I couldn't answer … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal about Fundraising?