11 Trends in Philanthropy

I’m usually skeptical of “trend” watches, but this gold nugget is good. The Johnson Center just released 11 Trends in Philanthropy to watch. Some of my favorites? #9: A growing commitment to building non profit capacity. Mark and I believe strongly that organizations must invest in capacity-building particularly when it comes to fundraising in order to… Read more

Thumbs up for Inside Out Fundraising

Inside Out Fundraising: How to Create a Culture of Philanthropy by Treating Systems Instead of Symptoms is making waves. Roger Craver, fundraising expert and Agitator says, “Download and read before fundraising implodes.” He continues, “The authors, thanks to their own vast experience and insights from 300 nonprofit pros, hit the problematic nail on the head:… 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. But despite the necessity of fundraising, for many people raising money comes with all kinds of emotional, behavioral and structural baggage. In the foreword to Sea Change’s… Read more

Scarcity and abundance

How often do you say to yourself, “I don’t have enough time.” Or maybe “We don’t have the budget.” Or maybe “That’s too challenging for this team.” This state of mind is one of scarcity. It’s very stressful and it often sabotages our efforts. Operating from a place of abundance requires a big mental shift.… Read more

A band camp story

Suppose your niece asked you for money to help send her to band camp. You would give — as much as you could — and hopefully, she’d be on her way. What if — three months later — you never heard what happened? Did she even go? Did she change her instrument to percussion after… Read more