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Tag Archives: Philanthropy
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
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Online Giving, Philanthropy, Technology 2 Comments
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
Posted in Leadership, Philanthropy Tagged Cat Fundraising, Major Gifts, Philanthropy 3 Comments
Raise Cash. Save Lives. Embrace the Major Gifts Buddy System.
I was with a non-profit Executive Director not too long ago, who had this observation about building relationships with the organization’s key supporters, “I feel strongly that fundraising staff shouldn’t meet with our biggest donors, since they won’t stay around … Continue reading
Posted in Cultural Entrepreneurship, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Buddy System, Major Gifts, Philanthropy 4 Comments
Donor Centered Fundraising Is Not The Real Problem.
I’ve read, re-read, and then read a third and fourth time Vu Le’s recent broadside against the donor centered fundraising model and its moral limitations. Please study it if you haven’t already, for the issues raised are fundamental to our industry, … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged inequity, Philanthropy 5 Comments
Be the Asker. Seek the Connector.
Among the many daily challenges for the modern Development department is the care and feeding of fundraising volunteers. “Challenge”, though, does not even begin to describe the difficulty in recruiting, training, tasking, and stewarding the precious few souls willing and … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy, Volunteers Tagged Board Roles, Development Committee, Philanthropy 4 Comments
The One Hour (daily) Fundraising Challenge
I was in Nebraska this week, with one of my favorite all time clients, and where the Marketing department is working hard to secure subscription renewals for next season. All day long, on the phone, one relationship at a time, … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged Fundraising, Philanthropy, phone solicitation 4 Comments
Confessions of an Introvert Fundraiser.
Someone wiser than me said, “A fool at 40 is a fool forever” and I believe that is true. So it was one afternoon approaching my 40th birthday that I said, out loud for the first time, “I am in … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy Tagged fundraising culture, introvert, Philanthropy 2 Comments
Our Biggest Fundraising Challenge? Following Up.
What is the magic in fundraising? Those times when the strongest connections are made, the right donor at the right time to the right project. But it is awfully hard to get there. We can all recognize those moments: the backstage … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Performing Arts, Philanthropy, Sponsorship Tagged events fundraising, Philanthropy, sponsorship 4 Comments
Smoldering Piles: Will Philanthropy Survive the 2016 Election?
Will America recover from this election? Whatever the result, there will be lasting impact to our society, as actual American Nazis, misogynists, and bigots of every persuasion have crawled out of their bunkers for a public hearing. This has damaged … Continue reading
Posted in Fundraising, Philanthropy Tagged 2016 election, Clinton Foundation, Philanthropy, Trump Foundation Leave a comment
The Seven Virtues of High Achieving Fundraising Shops
I got to spend time in Omaha this week, one of America’s great philanthropic cities, and was happily reminded of the force for good that is a high functioning fundraising department. Show me a focused group of professionals devoted to … Continue reading
Posted in Annual Fund, Fundraising, Leadership, Philanthropy Tagged Fundraising, non-profit leadership, Philanthropy, Virtues 6 Comments