Do you have a great relationship with your CEO or ED?

We’re about to release a study that we hope will get tongues wagging. The thesis? That in most organizations fundraising is limited more by internal structural and cultural issues than by lack of strategic or tactical know-how. Inspired by studies by the Haas Jr. Foundation,  we aim to solve this problem by helping organizations build a culture… Read more

The symptoms of “too many meetings” syndrome

Have you ever experienced “too many meetings syndrome?” The symptoms: Exhaustion due to back-to-back scheduling Straying attention span Anxiety over when you’ll get your real work done Confusion over who called this meeting and why Non profit staff are in too many meetings and it’s hurting productivity and impact. Every meeting you attend or lead… Read more

Surprise and wow

I spent the weekend at MD Anderson in Houston. My dad has cancer and my mom and I spent some sleepless hours in the waiting room while the surgeon removed his tumorous prostate and several equally tumorous lymph nodes. As she and I were on our last legs, this cheerful group of volunteers passed through… Read more

Navel Gazing and the Art of Content Creation

Navel gazing is defined as the excessive absorption in the self. Just like those people at the party who only talk about themselves, non profits are notorious navel gazers. And just like those people at the party who only talk about themselves, non profits have trouble making long-lasting friends (AKA donors). Are we truly narcissistic?… Read more

What is community?

Finding, participating in and building meaningful community takes work and skillful means.  As a fundraiser who wants donors to feel part of community, figuring out what makes a community a community is a super important question. Here are some takeaways from my personal experience and I welcome your thoughts: (1) A community has a clear… Read more

Trump bump? Clean out your idle queue

You likely have 100 tasks that take a back seat to your immediate goal of bringing in revenue. But if you are lucky enough to be experiencing a lift in fundraising because of the radical shift in political climate, take this opportunity to clean out your idle queue. That’s right. Plow through those tasks. Look… Read more

Do you work in a culture of philanthropy? Chances are. No.

What is a culture of philanthropy? It’s when everyone in your organization — from the janitor to the board chair — understands that philanthropy and fund development are critical to the organization’s success and that each individual, no matter her role, has a role in the process. Fundraising can not sustainably be done in a… Read more