Stay Calm and DO SOMETHING!

Nothing is more lethal than loss of hope. It’s an insidious toxin and it’s slowly infiltrating efforts to combat the worst of climate change. To those people who say there is nothing we can do, Audubon Prez David Yarnold says “horsepucky!” Actually what he says is far more inspiring than that. Read for yourself.

Show Them the Love…or Else

What’s the difference between a donor and an ATM? You can ignore an ATM and it’ll still spit out money. Clients tell us all the time they’d do more cultivation, but “they just can’t afford it.” Tell that to Margaret Cohen at PSI, who hand writes a thank you letter to every online donor. No… Read more

15 Concrete Ideas for Stewarding Middle Donors Without Breaking the Bank

“I gave $500 and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” That’s a quote I heard from a mid-level donor during a focus group. And sadly, it’s something many mid-level donors could say about their experience with the non profits they support. Neglecting or mistreating mid-level donors is a huge missed opportunity. That’s why Mark… Read more

Stupid or Evil?

This has nothing to do with fundraising, so reader beware. One of the great philosophical questions that causes me wonderment is how the supposedly smart conservatives (and yes they do exist) deal with climate change. You have to be an idiot – or a politician – not to believe that the climate crisis is upon… Read more

What Price Authenticity?

Just like you I have personal friends. And when I get an email with the following opening, I have a visceral reaction: From: Elis (personal) Subject: RE: RE: FW: ALERT for you Hey, friend:

As you can see below, Ali and the rest of the team are nervous. As it happens, some of my personal friends… Read more