Category Archives: Philanthropy

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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An Open Letter to my Alma Mater, who sent me Decoder Glasses, and asked me for $2,400.

An Open Letter to My Alma Mater To my Dear University: Please know that you mean all the world to me personally. I can say without hesitation that higher education has been truly instrumental in my life’s success. I would … 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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