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Category Archives: Philanthropy
At the end of every workday in the theatre, each load-in, rehearsal, donor tour and performance the ritual remains come quitting time—rolling out the ghost light to the darkened stage before locking the doors and making for home, a late … Continue reading
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One of those internet memes asks us, “Instead of ‘I don’t have time’ say ‘This is not a priority’ and see how that feels. In my life of late, this feeling of “I can’t do that right now” has not … Continue reading
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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
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Hiring Major Gift Officers is Almost Impossible. Be Your Own MGO.
The most challenging position in any fundraising program is the Major Gift Officer. The most difficult to hire position in any fundraising program is also the Major Gift Officer. Why? In a typical non-profit, the MGO has sizable responsibility for … Continue reading
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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
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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
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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
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The Best Donor Love is Birthday Donor Love.
What’s the best way to say thank you to a donor? Personally, promptly, sincerely, and with perfect accuracy. After that’s it’s gravy. What’s the best time to send happy wishes to a donor? After they give a gift, to be … Continue reading
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“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
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2018. Time to Stop Giving Donors Tax Advice.
No one really knows that will happen with the new tax bill, though I suspect it represents another blow to the slowly shrinking middle class (read this excellent Washington Post article for the specifics). I doubt it will make an … Continue reading
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