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Category Archives: Leadership
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
(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
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy Tagged conference fun, Fundraising, non-profit leadership, staff development, staff retention 2 Comments
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
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
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy 7 Comments
When fundraisers Blow It.
I often query fundraising candidates with, “Describe a time where you blew it with a donor.” It is a telling response when the candidate cannot immediately point to a specific time where she made a mess of a solicitation or relationship with a … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy Tagged Blowing It, Donors, Fundraising, Philanthropy, The Whiny Donor 1 Comment
All the Bosses. The Difficult Truth of Non-profit Turnover.
I grew up in the military. This has meant a lasting (for a degenerate liberal) respect for our Armed Forces and no forgiveness in my heart for leaders who send our soldiers abroad for folly. I cut the grass and … Continue reading
Posted in Board Development, Fundraising, Leadership Tagged board development, non-profit leadership 1 Comment
The Dumbest of all the Non-Profit Dumbness.
I am a frugal person. Spending money gives me heartburn, except on artisanal pork products, concert tickets, international travel and bicycles. I have t-shirts from the 90s. I drove the same Toyota Matrix for 10 years, past the point when … Continue reading
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Questions Too Squishy to Discuss
A fellow recently gave $400,000,000 to start some high-minded new initiative at Harvard. That’s an awful lot of cheese, handed over to the wealthiest and most selective university in the world. And our man gets to claim all of it … Continue reading
Posted in Board Development, Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy Tagged Fundraising, Harvard, Philanthropy 3 Comments
#Inspiration in Baltimore.
Not to long ago an arts administrator colleague of mine described engagement i the community this way, “If your concert hall burned down, how would you reach the community for the year or two it took to replace it? That’s … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Performing Arts, Philanthropy Tagged Baltimore Symphony Leave a comment
Indiana. A Defense.
Of course this whole hot mess is President Obama’s fault. 2008 was the first time since Lyndon Johnson that a Democrat took Indiana. By running here, by showing up, by playing the ground game county by county, the President won … Continue reading
Posted in Indiana, Leadership, Life and Travels Tagged Boycott, Gay Rights, Indiana, Mike Pence, RFRA 3 Comments