June 2019

Enjoy the Summer

Everybody needs to decompress a little over the summer. For me, it means that there will not be a weekly article again until after Labor Day. I am eagerly anticipating some down time over the next few months and some good reading. If you have any suggestions for topics, I am happy to explore...

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Hurry up and Wait……. Really?

Sometimes the way fundraising activity is managed by a charity can be cutthroat. Especially in bigger fundraising shops. Far too often, there is a sense of scarcity and that there aren’t enough good prospects/donors to keep all of the fundraisers actively cultivating relationships. I say ‘nay nay‘ to that. How many times have you...

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Third-Party Events

All fundraising organizations have some sort of event portfolio. It may be a ‘thon’ (walk-a-thon, cycle-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, etc.), it may be a gala or it may even be a lottery or a tournament. These events are usually heavily labor-focused and, unfortunately, do not create deep relationships with the participants (it is, after all, an event that...

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Facts About Stewardship

What separates good charities from great charities? Many things, from mission to staff; from culture to corporate relationships. Some of these are controllable, while others aren’t. I wholeheartedly believe that stewardship is in your control (if it isn’t, take control of it — NOW!!!) Here are some naked truths about stewardship: Don’t expect financial...

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