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 great...

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Joy at Work

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...

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Habits of Highly Successful Fundraisers

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...

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The House of Yes

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...

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The New Donor Pyramid

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...

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All The Things You Wrote

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...

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Let’s resolve … to lead with gratitude in 2016

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......

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Hi there, I’m Beth Ann

For me, fundraising is a calling.
I enjoy everything about being a fundraiser. Working with a team, working with donors, finding connections, building trust, and welcoming the heartfelt gifts of donors inspires me.



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