Category Archives: Philanthropy

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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Some Concerns about Facebook’s Donation Platform.

This new thing is showing up on my FB feed. It looks like a happy thing, should be a happy thing. My friends asking their friends to donate to non-profits. For things that matter. For birthdays. For legitimate organizations, vital … Continue reading

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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

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Reconsidering the Racist Donor.

I’ve had two different bosses over the years share the same response when questioned about the ethical implications of accepting this or that donation, “You know, there is cocaine on every dollar bill.” Which is to say that our job … Continue reading

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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

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How (not) to Hire a Development Director

Summer is always a hot time for hiring, as fiscal years wrap up and professionals look to make their next career moves, or are bounced out for not meeting expectations. This is a particularly challenging time to find fundraising talent, … Continue reading

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Towards a True Professionalism in Fundraising

I asked this question a year or so ago, and others are starting to ask as well, is fundraising a profession? Compared to accounting, with a similar emphasis on revenue, we cannot really say yes to that question. We lack … Continue reading

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