Tag Archives: Fundraising

Your Incremental (fundraising) Resolutions.

I am going to run a half marathon this year. There are myriad challenges ahead (exercising on the road, approaching middle age, a deep personal commitment to fried chicken) but I’ve done it before, and so I know to view … Continue reading

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When fundraisers Blow It. 

I often query fundraising candidates with, “Describe a time where you blew it with a donor.” It is a telling response when the candidate cannot immediately point to a specific time where she made a mess of a solicitation or relationship with a … Continue reading

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Our best (fundraising) thing. The Wonderful, Marvelous, Misunderstood Annual Fund.

It is June 30, the fiscal year end for many a non-profit and most of my clients. It is a sentimental time, thinking back on the past 12 months and the accomplishments: the impossible goals, the planning, the case development … Continue reading

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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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