How to Make A Graceful Exit
March 27, 2013

When it is your time to leave what happens with the relationship you have built up with your donors? Should you make plans to stay in touch? Give them your new coordinates?

How to Champion Fundraising — Everywhere!
February 22, 2013

In my early career as a fundraiser, I worked in a small shop, a mission-based organization where I was the only professionally trained fundraiser working directly with donors. Previous fundraising had focused on mail, phone and whoever walked in the front door. Often, I was an outcast. In my first annual review I was asked to stop wearing suits, as it gave staff the impression I considered myself more important than everyone else. Moving to a large charity did not solve that awkward profile issue.

Three Keys to Combating Nonprofit Fundraising Challenges: Part Two
February 21, 2013

In Part One I discussed how training and professional development, along with a comprehensive development plan that has buy-in from key stakeholders, can help alleviate some of the challenges facing the nonprofit community. In Part Two, I tackle the all important culture of philanthropy nonprofits must adopt to be successful fundraising organizations.

If there is a firewall between leadership, program staff, the mission, the vision and the development office, the donor experience will be very shallow.

Embrace Fundraising ... or Don't!
February 7, 2013

Fundraising success isn’t a question of have's and have-not’s. Sure, larger organizations may raise more money, but that’s because they have more staff, resources, etc. But smaller organizations can be just as successful with the resources they have. Fundraising success is a question of belief. Believe in fundraising, embrace it and invest in it long-term and you are bound to find success. Ignore it, or pay it lip service, and you’ll likely find a revolving door at your development director position.

Rising Stars
February 1, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards Rising Stars.

AFP NYC Chapter Meeting: Fundraising Insights From Folks on the Front Lines
January 24, 2013

Three fundraising professionals on the front lines discussed a multitude of issues surrounding the fundraising sector, including corporate trends, major donor concerns and changes to the tax law at the Association of Fundraising Professionals New York City Chapter's annual meeting.