Interview with Fundraising Yoda

If you are a fundraiser and have been active on twitter, you likely have come across the new master fundraiser, FundraisingYoda. He has a CFRJ (Certified Fund Raising Jedi) and lots of wisdom to share. I asked Fundraising Yoda for his time so I might seek answers to...

Heck yeah, Donor Retention Project

I’ve been fundraising for… well, for two decades, working with donors large and small, programs large and small. That pic is my goodbye dinner before I left for Washington DC. So why would I buy this Donor Retention Project? I believe that creating,...

Learning from Jeff Raikes – Part I

I so admire Jeff and Tricia Raikes. They are terrific philanthropists who live in the Seattle area and I first met them when they where Campaign 2006-2007 Campaign Co-Chairs for United Way of King County,  a record-breaking year for the local United Way and also...

In the Cloud

I completed a little exercise with a coach where I asked many people to describe me with five words. They were professional connections – current and former work colleagues, other professional colleagues – and long-time friends who knew me well. I took all...

Advice from NYT Corner Office – Seth Besmertnik

On Sundays I enjoy reading the New York Times and never miss Corner Office. His advice on qualities in people Conductor prefers to hire is spot on for fundraisers and qualities we should possess. 1. A sense of self-awareness. People “who are very in touch with...

What The Doctor Ordered

Some people cross your life and teach you things that serve you for a very long time. I adore my family physician, Jo Jackson, MD. I’ve known her for a long time (since I worked in the Family Practice Residency at Swedish Medical Center during college) and she...

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