Category Archives: Philanthropy

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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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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