Invest in people

I care about causes. But I tend to invest in people more. When it comes to my volunteer time, my advocacy work and my financial contributions, it really revolves around people. If I believe in someone, I’ll invest in whatever they ask me to do. Conversely, if I believe in a cause, but don’t believe… Read more

Do you really care what your donors think?

Don’t be so quick to answer in the affirmative. Sometimes treating a donor with dignity and respect and making your monthly nut come into direct conflict. Most of us, myself included, usually resolve those tensions in favor of making budget. But that doesn’t make it right or even strategically smart. Dr. Adrian Sargeant has been… Read more

2016 will be your year

Before the new year shine rubs off and the realities of the winter doldrums kick in, do one thing. What do you want to achieve professionally this year? What are three activities that can help you get there? How can you measure your progress? When will you measure your progress? Starting is really that simple.… Read more

Batten Down the Hatches

Politics has broken the Internet. To be more specific, political fundraising has inflicted serious damage on email fundraising. We on the progressive side have withstood the monthly and quartyerly torrents of unabashedly beseeching emails from the DCCC, the DSCC, OFA, etc. With over-wrought subject lines like “I’m begging!” and “We’re desperate!” these emails have broken… Read more

What monthly donors and fashion have in common

I love fashion. And I love fundraising. Every new year, I look forward to the latest trends in both. And while I’m not yet ready to predict the “it” color or accessory for the year, I am ready to say sustainers are in for 2016. Fundraisers know that monthly donors have always been chic. But… Read more