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Noble Failure: An Update

I was a fan of the ACBF (Andrea & Charles Bronfman Foundation) before it wound down, specifically how Bronfman went about his thoughtful philanthropy. In his book, The Art of Giving, Bronfman speaks of noble failure (the ability for a project to fail in order to gain valuable learning experiences). I wrote about this...

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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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Creative Recognition

In my 20-plus years of fundraising, I have never had a donor tell me that they were thanked too often. As a matter of fact, I have never had¬†anybody in any situation¬†tell me that they were thanked too often. That can’t be your starting block for recognition. A small thank you goes a long...

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