Category Archives: Leadership

Confessions of an Introvert Fundraiser.

Someone wiser than me said, “A fool at 40 is a fool forever” and I believe that is true. So it was one afternoon approaching my 40th birthday that I said, out loud for the first time, “I am in … Continue reading

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The Seven Virtues of High Achieving Fundraising Shops

I got to spend time in Omaha this week, one of America’s great philanthropic cities, and was happily reminded of the force for good that is a high functioning fundraising department. Show me a focused group of professionals devoted to … Continue reading

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Hapless Fundraising Shops

Labor Day is behind us, football has begun, and the time for actual work is now. Congrats, friends, it is fundraising season once again! I hope your shop is ready, with an actionable fundraising plan. Traveling to meet a new … Continue reading

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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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(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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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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