It's Your Turn

Larry believes in the power of relationships and the power of philanthropy to create a better place and transform lives.

Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles. His mission is to give nonprofits and philanthropists alike the opportunity to achieve their shared visions. With more than 25 years of experience in charitable fundraising and philanthropy, Larry knows that financial sustainability and scalability is possible for any nonprofit organization or charitable cause and is dependent on neither size nor resources but instead with the commitment to create a shared vision.

Larry is the author of the award-wining book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising." He is the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Outstanding Development Executive and has ranked in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network.

Larry is the creator of the revolutionary online fundraising training platform, The Oracle League.

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You may have heard of the fundraising technique called “fundcrushing.” It was presented to me recently as a novel way to raise money. It’s based on the mistaken assumption that your prospective donors will respond if they know truly how huge the challenge is you want to solve...

Whether you’re a one-person charity or a multinational nonprofit, the question of whether to go “big” or stay “small” is always there. Make the smart choice, and you’ll soar. Guess wrong, and you’ll be stuck in the doldrums—or worse...

Why do so many nonprofits go for the quick fix, the easy and obvious routes to raise money? Because they work … for a while. Shortcuts and silver bullets are offered up to us every day. You’ve seen them. You’ve heard the pitches. And the truth is, we’ve all gone for them at one time or another. We’re all a bit curious. Is there really a free lunch?...

Guilt as a motivator has been around a long time. It can get a donor to respond—for a while. As donors get more sophisticated and demanding, guilt becomes less and less effective. And yet, it’s a perennial favorite of nonprofits...

For nonprofits, apologizing is effective when it addresses two quite different situations. First, admit the mistakes you make in your programs. For example, the social service program that delivered mediocre outcomes or the performing arts performance that bombed...

In the dead rush to raise much-needed funds for our charitable passions, we sometimes forget that the words we choose in reaching out to our supporters need to be chosen with them in mind. There’s a unique fundraising idea...

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