Fundraising or Money-Raising?

Clerk:  Your total is $blahblahblah, would you like to add a dollar to support children puppies hungry old homeless high-school band? Me:  Uhhh, no, not today. Clerk: Yeah, cheers, thanks, thanks a lot.  *sigh* I know these kinds of programs raise a lot of critically-needed money for a lot of great organizations - and the … Continue reading Fundraising or Money-Raising?

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

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

How to make (Fundraising) Data Fun

I was inspired this week by a colleague, a very talented and smart fundraiser, who was talking about some of the challeng . . . er, opportunities . . . we're both facing and she says, "How do I make data fun?  How do I get my data person to get INTO it and really WANT to … Continue reading How to make (Fundraising) Data Fun

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

Why Candace, the Chewbacca Mask woman, is the best fundraiser in the world

A week or so ago I posted the blog below - Candace Payne, "Chewbacca Mom," the best fundraiser in the world.  Now watch this: https://www.facebook.com/candaceSpayne/videos/vb.1245618915/10209693622437749/?type=2&theater "It is not lost on me that it is because of you guys.  I love you." She is NAILING this thing!  She just pours joy and gratitude into each post … Continue reading Why Candace, the Chewbacca Mask woman, is the best fundraiser in the world

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

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