Tag Archives: Philanthropy

Internal Efficiencies & Tragic Fundraising Communication.

I love fundraising samples from organizations, good and bad. For years I kept every solicitation in an overflowing folder, until finally paying someone to scan them for use in an Annual Fund course I taught at Indiana University. The poor … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Ignore Your Lapsed Donors.

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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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Subway’s Jared and the Dark Side of Celebrity Philanthropy

I’ve always admired Subway’s Jared. I went to college at Indiana University, and so did Jared. The IU newspaper covered his quite remarkable story of losing 250 lbs by eating Subway twice a day and nothing else, an inspired feat … 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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Philanthopy, Stinky Cheese, and You: Keeping it Local.

A tornado passes over the house, sending a 60 foot maple tree into the sunroom and leaving an unrecognizable scene. I am not there when it happens but arrive several hours after, in the dark, to a numbing sight. A … Continue reading

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