Why Fundraising Was the Right Choice: Kathryn’s Story

Have you ever had one of those affirming moments where your inner voice says you have made the right choice – you are on the right path? Let me share a story with you.  A story about a young woman and her father, and the gentleman…

The Journey from a Fundraiser to Consultant: Lessons Learned

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Moving from fundraising practitioner to consultant can be challenging. Find out lessons learned by Gail Perry as she undertook this journey.

How I Got Started in Fundraising: Gail’s Story

Explore Gail Perry's lessons learned as a brand new fundraiser at Duke University back when she got started in fundraising.

The Fundraiser’s Kiss of Death: Talking Too Much

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Learn why it’s important to listen to the donor, rather than make a presentation. And why talking too much is a fundraiser's kiss of death.
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Secrets to Maintaining Your Capital Campaign’s Momentum

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The Magic of Capital Campaign Momentum Many capital campaigns struggle to maintain momentum.  Momentum is a magic quality that can speed things along in your campaign like an ocean wave. When there is positive energy and momentum, everything…

Three Ways Our Current Environment Opens Unique Opportunities for Fundraising

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We know our current environment presents challenging times. You’ve had to reinvent just about everything you do - from communicating with your donors to delivering your organization’s services.  Just about everything is different. All…

Donors are Stepping Up! Giving Was Up 7.5% in the First Half of This Year

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Remember April, when we were all clenching our teeth and thinking “Oh wow, this is not the year for fundraising. How will we get through it?”  Well, it turns out recent data proves that 2020 is actually a great year for fundraising. So…

We Can Never Understand

  Today, Kathryn Gamble and I wanted to step back from our regular fundraising message, and share our thoughts about racial injustice and white philanthropy. https://vimeo.com/426214343/4d66d953cf There's much lip service to racial…

Seven Fundraising Misconceptions Holding Back Your Organization

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Fundraising can be a wildly misunderstood activity. Many nonprofit CEOs and board members bring their own personal misconceptions about fundraising when they walk in the door of a nonprofit. Some think fundraising is snarky – like…

What Do You Just Love About Fundraising?

Here's a little inspiration for fundraisers! Fundraising can bring such joy to many people - and also yourself. There's nothing in the world like seeing what your own work has accomplished - to create new good in the world. And.…

5 Rules to Live by in December

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December is a wildly busy time for many nonprofit folks. Isn't it for you, too? We're in the midst of the hectic year-end fundraising season. There are holiday parties, gifts to buy and decorating to be done. Money to be raised! With…

What the Mountains at Machu Picchu Told Me

A good friend told me the strangest thing: “People who’ve taken the trip to Machu Picchu have returned and said it was “life-changing.’” “That’s odd,” I thought. “Life-changing. How could that be?” But as I was on…

Three Steps to Launch a Robust Monthly Giving Program

Monthly giving programs are becoming more and more popular revenue sources.   So today, we have a guest post by author and international monthly giving guru Erica Waasdorp. Erica's the author of  Monthly Giving: the Sleeping Giant:…

Mindset: How Your Thinking Impacts Your Fundraising and Your Life

Does your mindset really impact your life - and your fundraising results? I'd suggest that your thinking has tons to do with how your life rolls out. I co-presented this topic earlier this week at the AFP International Fundraising Conference…

They really did say all this stuff!

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Are you on the fence about joining my INSIDERS fundraising learning community? If so, I thought you might like to hear directly from some INSIDERS members - about their real concrete results and success stories. “We applied strategies…

Creating a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit (Burnout Prevention Plan!)

Sooooo - are you working in a happy, healthy nonprofit? And are you feeling happy and healthy as YOU dedicate your life to changing the world? Here's my review of the fabulous new book by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, The Happy Healthy…