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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
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Online Giving, Philanthropy, Technology 2 Comments
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
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Philanthropy 1 Comment
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
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy 1 Comment
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
Posted in Board Development, Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy, Volunteers 2 Comments
“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
Posted in Fundraising, Philanthropy, Sponsorship Tagged gig fundraising, Technology Leave a comment
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
Offer Some Encouragement (Today).
I got to hang out with my soul sister Renee Harness last week, talking leadership. If you want something magical to happen with your team, check out Harness Leadership (and thank me later). I was reminded of how beautiful leadership can … Continue reading
Raise Cash. Save Lives. Embrace the Major Gifts Buddy System.
I was with a non-profit Executive Director not too long ago, who had this observation about building relationships with the organization’s key supporters, “I feel strongly that fundraising staff shouldn’t meet with our biggest donors, since they won’t stay around … Continue reading
Posted in Cultural Entrepreneurship, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Buddy System, Major Gifts, Philanthropy 4 Comments
Get Off the Internet and Raise More Money.
It is much, much to easy to dump upon Development Directors in today’s non-profit environment. Yours is an almost impossible job, responsible for Herculean revenue targets but without the authority to set priorities and budgets. Add all the bosses in … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy 5 Comments
Donor Centered Fundraising Is Not The Real Problem.
I’ve read, re-read, and then read a third and fourth time Vu Le’s recent broadside against the donor centered fundraising model and its moral limitations. Please study it if you haven’t already, for the issues raised are fundamental to our industry, … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged inequity, Philanthropy 5 Comments