Great Fundraisers Need Grit

I keep this little poster framed in my office – I believe “Grit, Grace & Gratitude” perfectly sum up what it takes to be a great fundraiser – it’s why I pin it to my Twitter bio. The term “grit” isn’t new, but it received a lot of press when Angela...

Moving from Fairness to Openness

By Beth Ann Locke and Jen Love. This was first posted on SOFII.org on March 22, 2017.  What a great discussion to champion, thank you, SOFII! These most certainly are conversations we have amongst ourselves – as women, as fundraisers, as mothers and partners, mentors...

AFP’s Call for More Men – on International Women’s Day 2017

Yes, you read that right. On International Women’s Day, AFP asked, “Why are there so few male fundraisers?” Wednesday March 8 was International Women’s Day. The world-wide day recognizing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of...

A Call to Open-Heartedness

Now is the time for you and I to be open-hearted. The U.S. election happened. Maybe you were angry before. Maybe you are angry now. In the wake of the election, I’ve noticed no shortage of finger pointing, hand wringing and “you people” vitriol. Now is the moment to...

All the gifts my first boss gave me…

  At times, you only understand how good a thing is when you look back on it. Such is the case with the boss in my very first job – Cliff Sanderlin. My first fundraising job was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. What a great mission, what...

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