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...

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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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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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