Tag Archives: Fundraising

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

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The time I paid $450 for this Frameable Certificate.

I am often asked by younger professionals about the Certified Fund Raising Professional designation, “Do you think it is worth it to get my CFRE?” they ask me. “Only if your employer is paying for it.” Why? For the initial … Continue reading

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10 shalls to Putting the Fun in Fundraising.

Fundraisers are an overly serious and no fun bunch, too often. An absence of humor is sadly lacking in our non-profit endeavors, and scarce of late in our civic life. Last year was almost entirely humorless, overly full of moral … Continue reading

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Should Fundraisers be Board Members?

This is for my Fellow Fundraisers. Nobody in the Verse frets over Board Members and their frailties like the Fundraisers I know. No one. Those Things They promised to do, Refused To Do, said They Would Do and Forgot About. … Continue reading

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The Foolproof, Infallible, Magic Bullet of Fundraising for 2015 (Part I).

Pick Up The Phone. There. Now you know. The Grand Secret to Fundraising success. Four words. Go and thrive my friends. But many of you won’t do it. I make a good living working with non-profits of all sizes and … Continue reading

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Call your Granny. Don’t Be an Ingrate (Fundraiser).

The good folks at Bloomerang conducted a brilliant little experiment recently, making $5 online contributions to 50 Indianapolis area non-profit organizations to see how they would be acknowledged and engaged as new donors. They produced, without comment or analysis, a … Continue reading

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Five Steps in June to Annual Fund Success (despite) Grill Season

Most of our organizations have a June 30 fiscal year and this is Just Lousy. The Annual Fund, and most of fundraising, is at the core an exercise in creating and sustaining momentum and activity, of spreading the work (and … Continue reading

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