Communicators are from Mars. Fundraisers are from Venus.

I have a confession to make. I know with great intimacy the conflict that occurs between communications/marketing people and fundraisers, because not that long ago I was part of the problem. Throughout most of the 1990’s I was the communications director for a large national organization. Not only did I have a negative attitude toward… Read more

Have Beef with a Program or Communications Staffer? Read this.

Three is a magic number. And it goes beyond sequels, stooges and strikes. We believe that there’s no threesome more important to making social change than development, programs and communications. We call these interdependent departments the golden trio. But for many organizations the trio is out of tune and for some, the band is on… Read more

A systems problem requires a systems solution

Following is an excerpt from our new whitepaper, Inside Out Fundraising: How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy By Treating Systems Instead of Symptoms. It is available here as a free download.   Success will require transformational change. That means addressing the challenge systemically, working it from a variety of angles. Robert Gass has developed… Read more

What is Inside Out Fundraising?

I like to say, “to make social change, you have to fund social change.” That’s why I’ve dedicated my career to raising money for causes I believe in. I like to say, “to make social change, you have to fund social change.” But despite the necessity of fundraising, for many people raising money comes with all… Read more

Toward a culture of philanthropy

Today we are proud to release our latest whitepaper, How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy By Treating Systems Instead of Symptoms. We interviewed and surveyed more than 300 senior organization professionals and have come to the conclusion that cultural dysfunction is a far larger impediment to successful fundraising than lack of know-how. We were thrilled… Read more