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

Get shit done

Can you get something done? Can you finish a project? Seth Godin calls this shipping. I call it getting shit done. He says people who ship are scarce. From experience, I agree. He writes, “If you can get something out the door while your competitors cringe in fear, you win. If you’re the team member that… Read more

Bad guy = more new donors: Keep them

Donald Trump is right out of “progressive bad guy” central casting. And it’s no secret that fundraising for progressive causes tends to be easier when you have bad guys (e.g a President and  Administration that is threatening the very bedrock of progressive values multiple times in any given day). If you are reading this blog,… Read more

When is a fail not a fail?

On Monday, I thought I failed — big time. In early November I became a foster mom to a sweet pit bull pup named Buttercup. She came into my life with intense karma — a stray with mange who had hustled hard to survive on the streets of Decatur, Georgia. As part of my family,… Read more

Stop talking about storytelling. Start doing it.

This week, we are launching the fruit of many years of work developing, fielding, and optimizing Sea Change’s storytelling training. It’s an interactive and detailed 135-page Discover Your Inner Storyteller workbook to accompany our flagship workshop. The workshop covers: The science behind the persuasion power of story Screenwriting 101 and the essential DNA elements of… Read more

You are right: The art of beginner’s mind

You are an expert at something. You have experiences that have led you to believe that certain things are true and certain things are false. You know things. But what if I told you that all this knowing can sometimes be a great hindrance? Sometimes what we “know” gets in the way of what we’re currently… Read more