Fundraising Large and Small

Do you read the Agitator? If not, you’re missing out on some of the most important thinking in fundraising. I’m proud to call Roger Craver a mentor. His latest post, on the relative merits of working with large vs. small organizations comes down squarely on the side of small. Less bureaucracy, less internal tribalism, more… Read more

Leadership: What outcomes do you want?

It’s easy to confuse “being busy” with “impact.” That’s why every act of leadership should begin by answering this question: What outcome do you want out of this act? Identifying clear outcomes clarifies whether you are being successful or not. Outcomes for this process can be objective and easy to measure. Or they can be… Read more

A Three-Minute Back Rub for your Brain

Seriously, right now, take 3 Minutes and do the following: Put your smart phone in airplane mode and turn off your laptop wifi. Find a sheet of paper and a pen. Set a timer for 3 minutes. Fill in this blank with as many answers as you can: “In my life, I am grateful for…”… Read more

Baby it’s warm outside: Summertime tips to maximize year-end giving

Christmas carols in July? Please, no. Building snowmen instead of sand castles at the beach? Nah. Wooly sweaters at the swimming hole? Absolutely not. The cold, short days of winter seem far away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about year-end during the summer months. Fundraisers are like people in the fashion industry.… Read more