Take Advantage of Community Relations Opportunities
June 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

How often do you try to connect with someone at another organization? Sometimes you need an opportunity to call on others without seeming too aggressive. If you have an opportunity to make a positive impression, do it.

Why You Need (To Be) a Mentor
June 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm

I have been very fortunate to have mentors throughout my life. I have always been drawn to the wisdom of those older than me.

Breaking the (Glass) Ceiling
May 7, 2015

You've got good cash flow and a typical mix of donors by giving-capacity. You're getting good outcomes. You've got stable financials. Giving moves toward your all-time annual high of $5 million. It's poised to go over. Then it stalls or drops.

Leading Is Not Seasonal: Never Stop Giving Back
April 1, 2015

A big part of life—as we know from our profession—is continually giving and continually learning. Continue to associate with great folks and be part of a cause larger than yourself. Don't make leading or giving a "season of life." Make it a lifelong habit and commitment.

Understanding Why People Give
March 27, 2015

Statistically, more than one-third of all charitable dollars given annually in the United States is directed to religion, and research indicates that faith practitioners are the country's most generous donors.

Brown-Bagging It
December 12, 2014

Food and hunger nonprofits City Harvest and Philabundance utilize the "brown paper bag" outer envelope technique in these direct-mail fundraising campaigns. In this video, I show viewers how each of these nonprofits gets donors engaged in the packages in different ways. For access to more mailings like the ones seen here, visit www.whosmailingwhat.com.

Give the Next Generations of Fundraising a Seat at the Table
April 11, 2014

I suggest you establish a mentoring program where you could mentor a young professional year-round whose desire is to make a career in the nonprofit world. What have you done to promote the concept and spirit of philanthropy with the next generation?

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Philanthropy
April 19, 2013

The needs and pressure for additional private dollars for public school foundations are great. The days of a single operational focus for a public school foundation are over. Make every constituency own philanthropy, and seek to broaden your impact. The teachers and children are waiting.