4 tips for when you are feeling uninspired…

I’m an upbeat, can-do creative-type. But lately, I’ve been feeling a little uninspired. That’s a-ok. We all feel uninspired sometimes. It’s what we do to break ourselves out of the slump that matters. Here are some of my techniques. What are yours: Try something you’ve never done before. My sister took her family indoor skydiving a… Read more

Thinking Outside the Elevator

I am not a raging fan of “elevator pitches.” Somehow the very concept leads one to try to cram as many words into a single outbreath as humanly possible. Guaranteed not to inspire. So I was especially excited to see this summary of alternate pitches by behavioral economics guru Daniel Pink. The premise behind the… Read more

What Quentin Tarantino can teach you about fundraising copy

Quentin Tarantino knows how to write dialogue. His characters’ conversations intrigue (from Pulp Fiction), provoke suspense (from Inglourious Basterds) and entertain (from Reservoir Dogs). His dialogue often reveals more about his characters than anything else onscreen. While crucial to screenplays, dialogue is often missing from fundraising copy. But why? I presented at Fundraising Day NYC a few… Read more

Does Your ED Have Bounty Hunter Syndrome?

Fundraisers come in different flavors. EDs often have trouble pinpointing the flavor they have, and predictable conflict arises when the ED has one notion and the fundraiser has another. The vast majority of fundraisers are not bounty hunters, but my guess is a high percentage of EDs of smaller organizations, and especially startups, think that’s… Read more

5 ways to fall gracefully

“The bad news is that you are falling. The good news is that there is no ground.” That’s a lesson my spiritual teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught. When I read that quote, I said to myself, “I guess I better learn to fall gracefully. If there’s no ground, falling with fear and struggle is simply… Read more

You are a Fundraiser

Congratulations! For your compassion and hard work, you can expect the following: You will be asked to raise more money than is reasonable. You will be punished if your goal is not met. When, against all odds, you succeed, you will be rewarded by having your goals increased. You will be reviled by program colleagues… Read more