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

The “F” Word & Fundraising

Sat through another meeting where Fundraising was referred to as "the F word" . . . . ha ha ha, giggle giggle, 'cause it's a bad word. I failed. I should have confronted.  I should have taken the opportunity to correct, teach, coach. I should have stood on the table and shouted with all the … Continue reading The “F” Word & Fundraising

Why Fundraisers Have It Best

There's a lot of ugly in the world right now. There's a lot to feel angry and dejected about and there's a lot of negativity and frustration and hopelessness.  It's hard to hold on to the good and the right and the true. But aren't we, as fundraisers, really lucky? Think about it for a … Continue reading Why Fundraisers Have It Best

What does hockey have to do with Fundraising?

Right here, right now I will totally admit this is an opportunistic blog. I can't help it; it's the year I became a hockey fan and, like the rest of my community, I might be a little obsessed.  And I do tend to relate everything to fundraising. The Las Vegas Golden Knights have just lost … Continue reading What does hockey have to do with Fundraising?

The Absolutely Foolproof Five-Step Fundraising Plan

Everything anyone needs to know about fundraising can be summed up in a five-step process. Find prospects who are concerned about The Problem your mission exists to solve. Connect with them. Ask them to solve The Problem with their financial support. Thank them - profusely - for doing so. Report back to them - tell … Continue reading The Absolutely Foolproof Five-Step Fundraising Plan

Advice to a Young Fundraiser on His 23rd Birthday

The older I get the more grateful I am for the mentors I had when I started fundraising. More and more, I find myself remembering their advice and understanding why we did things the way they did, lo, these many decades ago. Those of us that have been doing this for awhile (remember 3 x … Continue reading Advice to a Young Fundraiser on His 23rd Birthday

What I Learned At #TLCC2017

I have a confession to make.  I'm a conference junkie. Fundraising and nonprofit conferences, specifically.  I've been fortunate to attend (and blog about) a couple recently:  the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference and the AFP International Conference. I'm just home from the Tessitura Learning and Community Conference in San Diego. Five full days of talking about software. … Continue reading What I Learned At #TLCC2017

Happy New Year’s Eve

For all of you celebrating the end of the fiscal year today, June 30 . . . Happy New Year! May your goals be reached and exceeded. May your thank you letters be on time. May your stewardship game be strong. May your gift entry be swift.  And accurate. May your finance department be supportive. … Continue reading Happy New Year’s Eve

Every F***ing* Thing Works

They do.  All of them. Every Fundraising Thing Works   There's a lot of great advice out there about fundraising - countless blogs, webinars, articles, white papers.  And they all have very, very good guidance and examples of a program that worked.  And they leave a lot of front line fundraisers thinking, "I should REALLY … Continue reading Every F***ing* Thing Works