Category Archives: Fundraising

Your Online Giving Page Makes Me Sad.

I read every darn direct mail solicitation that is delivered to my home mail box, but more and more I make my gifts online, even in response to a traditional written letter. I find it less trouble not to fool … Continue reading

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Fundraising Job #1.

I had some electrical work done in my basement recently, installing a new dedicated circuit for a sump pump. It was a $500 project by most accounts that I got a deal on for about half that via Angie’s List. … Continue reading

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Neck Tattoos and Our Fundraising Future

I got to spend time in St. Louis recently at the Opera America conference, and it was terrific. It might be difficult to imagine a true diversity of age, ethnicity and background in the field of Opera, but there it … Continue reading

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Hitting the Bullseye. On Preparation.

At breakfast in a hotel lobby not long ago, I watched a CEO, a sales director, and a project manager talk through the day ahead over oatmeal and watery coffee. Traveling alone most of the time, I am always interested … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to my Alma Mater, who sent me Decoder Glasses, and asked me for $2,400.

An Open Letter to My Alma Mater To my Dear University: Please know that you mean all the world to me personally. I can say without hesitation that higher education has been truly instrumental in my life’s success. I would … Continue reading

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“I did a little work with those guys.” Gigging Our Fundraising Future

My father worked as a Civil Servant for 30+ years, retiring with a full monthly pension after a one employer career, grinding it out every darn day at a clunky desk and sad overhead lighting. On Fridays, he would treat … Continue reading

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Sorting Through the Stacks, Giving where I can.

Being a philanthropic contrarian, I give most of my smaller donations in response to direct mail the Tuesday BEFORE Thanksgiving, a week prior to Giving Tuesday. Why? I am usually home from the road, and like to de-clutter my stacks of … Continue reading

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