Category Archives: Fundraising

Internal Efficiencies & Tragic Fundraising Communication.

I love fundraising samples from organizations, good and bad. For years I kept every solicitation in an overflowing folder, until finally paying someone to scan them for use in an Annual Fund course I taught at Indiana University. The poor … Continue reading

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The 7 days of Week 52. End the (fundraising) Fiscal Year With Tacos.

The Annual Fund, when properly planned for and administered, is a full year proposition. That is 12 months, 365 days, 8,760 hours of hard work and determined focus. Mostly. There has to be time to fight with marketing about the … Continue reading

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(Fundraising) Staff Retention Made Easy.

Those of us who got to go to college have it pretty well off in the United States these days, with unemployment levels for graduates holding at less than 3%, which is to say full employment, or pretty close. Listening to … Continue reading

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Love, Humility, Fire. The Fundraiser’s Heart.

I interview many potential candidates for fundraising positions, particularly early to mid-career professionals. We are very much in a seller’s market these days for talent. Good for employees. Challenging for employers. So I tend to favor younger professionals, on the way … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Ignore Your Lapsed Donors.

Want to do better in your fundraising? Get to know the peeps at Bloomerang, purveyors of revolutionary software that affordably and elegantly delivers much needed solutions to our business: tracking and reporting donor data and engagement. I love these guys. … Continue reading

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In Search of Philanthropic Culture. And Purple Unicorns

In her inspired call for increased organizational resources and deeper commitments to the fundraising process, Stef Krievins of Radiancy Coaching Partners righty articulates the limits of what fundraisers can be expected to accomplish without a lasting commitment to philanthropic culture, … Continue reading

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Is Fundraising a Profession?

Stef: Thanks for inviting me to chat about the staffing and organizational challenges of the typical non-profit. I’ve been a fan of your work at Radiancy Coaching Partners for a long time and your passion for social justice. Where to begin? … Continue reading

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No More (Cruddy) PayPal Fundraising.

I am a sucker for community level fundraising. Kids on Bikes. Science for Kittens. Kale for Veterans. Shelter from the Storm. Supporting small and focused local organizations is one of the most impactful ways to support your community as a … Continue reading

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Your Incremental (fundraising) Resolutions.

I am going to run a half marathon this year. There are myriad challenges ahead (exercising on the road, approaching middle age, a deep personal commitment to fried chicken) but I’ve done it before, and so I know to view … Continue reading

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Fundraising Realities v. #donorlove

“This is Looking Great!” I replied to a client recently, “Based on this current progress, we will secure $250,000 for the annual fund between now and 12/31. That’s five working weeks, so $50,000 a week, and $10,000 a day. We got this!” … Continue reading

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