Fundraiser Education

6 Ways to Create Fundraising Urgency
February 19, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Fundraising urgency is really a way of life. It doesn’t mean panic. Panic happens often when you have not been moving with urgency, and you have to catch up. Think of the duck, calmly moving ahead on the surface with feet moving rapidly below. Set your goals and then make them happen...

Are You A Cheerful Giver?
February 1, 2019 at 11:42 am

What does it mean to be a cheerful giver? I am sitting in my hospital development office, and I am asked to come to the front desk. I see a woman that I have never met before, and she asked to come to my office...

Effective Fundraising Through Meaningful Relationships
January 18, 2019 at 10:03 am

Our professional know-how drives organizational missions. Skillsets like creativity, resilience, adaptability and the power to create meaningful connections with donors are what truly distinguish effective fundraising professionals. The question is do we go to work, share our talents and go home each day?...

Fundraisers: The Times, They are a Changing’
January 15, 2019 at 11:30 am

Nonprofits continue, with undiminished passion, to seek out ways to change the world for the better. The historic gains the markets have seen in recent years have encouraged nonprofits to take on greater challenges than ever before. These are exciting times to be a fundraiser, but aren’t they always?...

Dec. 31, 2018: The Day Fundraising as We Know It... Died?
January 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm

2017 was a milestone year in charitable giving in the U.S., surpassing the $400 billion mark for the first time. Over that year, we’d done much thinking about the state of philanthropy as it related to the divisive political times...

It Is Time for Your New Year’s Resolution!
January 4, 2019 at 3:08 pm

As one who strives for perfection and success regardless of age, I seek opportunities to renew and to look ahead. There is no better time to regroup and prepare yourself than a change in calendar year. So, with that said, it is now time to make New Year’s resolutions...

The Ultimate Nonprofit Guide to Fundraising Minimums
January 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm

My mother was a get-it-done person. She didn’t like apathy or procrastination. (I wish I had followed her example more fully.) And Mom wasn’t alone. “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is […]

Nonprofits Need to Earn Respect
December 17, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Years ago, when we were crafting our firm’s mission statement, there was a lot of discussion over one word: respect. Our mission statement says that we “partner with respected nonprofit organizations.” Unfortunately, organizations sometimes stray, and honesty and integrity are compromised...