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Everybody loves summer. It is a time to relax, spending time with the family, and decompress. Wait…. Haven’t I just been spending the last 3 full months with the family!?!?! In any event, I will be taking some downtime over the summer, so if you’re missing my weekly blog, I encourage you to look...

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8 Mistakes that Hurt Fundraising

Everybody makes fundraising mistakes. Hopefully, everybody learns from their mistakes. But, wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn from others’ mistakes without having to endure the error ourselves? Here are eight fundamental fundraising mistakes: 1: Treating Donors as ATM’s This is my number one pet peeve and I have written many articles about...

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Doing More With Less

I have heard this so many times in my life as a fundraising professional that I want to throw up. To be honest, “doing more with less” is an incredibly insulting statement. Fundraisers are always under-resourced and that, in turn, produces burnout and anger. Has doing more with less ever worked? I have often said that people should work...

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Showing the True Cost of Events

I have long had a love/hate relationship with events. Perhaps it’s because of the inherent risk of running an event (you can potentially lose money), or perhaps it is because I personally prefer one-on-one cultivation events (and really dislike crowds). In any event, it is of utmost importance that you calculate the true cost...

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Giving Tuesday — Does it Work?

I should preface this article with the statement that the views contained herein are solely my own. Personally, I have huge issues with Giving Tuesday. I actually think that this day does a huge disservice to our profession. Let me explain why: Giving Tuesday focuses only on giving money. Essentially a transaction on the Tuesday...

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