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

Chuck Barris, the Newlywed Game and Fundraising

Chuck Barris, the creator of the Newlywed Game, recently passed away. Say what you will about his taste level (the host of the Newlywed Game Bob Eubanks frequently asked couples about how they “made whoopee”), Barris made entertainment out of how well new couples knew each other. I wish non profits had the new donor… 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

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