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 great...read more
I love being a fundraiser and I always say that, for me, fundraising isn't a job but a calling. So I got excited listening to Shankar Vedantam's recent podcast, "How to Build a Better Job," where he interviewed Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational...read more
Did you have the opportunity to attend the international conference of AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals) in Boston? So much fun! And I was able to see It was March 20 - 22, 2016 - the weather was changeable (sunny and then SNOW!), you just couldn't...read more
If you don't know me well yet, then I want to tell you a bit about my philosophies that keep me going as a fundraiser. Humble fundraisers need grit, grace & gratitude - perseverance and the ability to act with confidence and appreciation. Appreciative fundraisers...read more
Last month, one of the greats of fundraising died. Tony Elischer was one of those amazing individuals, full of energy, drive, and smarts. I was fortunate enough to see him speak several times. The fundraising community really lost a great one when he died. What...read more
Last year my grandma gave me a big envelope, contents bulging. "What is it?" I looked in. "It's cards and letters," she said. "I don't want my kids having to clean things up," she added in her no-nonsense way as I pulled out a card. They were written to her from me...read more
Welcome to 2016! In the lead up to the New Year, did you see your inbox piling up with end-of-year asks? I sure did. In those last days of the year, there was quite a bit of chatter on Twitter about that. But this tweet from The Whiny Donor struck my heart......read more
Yes! I want joy sailing through my inbox!
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- Accomplish anything with grit, grace + gratitude.
- Navigate a successful career + balance your personal life.
- Create deeper relationships between supporters + your nonprofit.
- Understand how to work with high net-worth supporters.