Finding Your Mentor

A few months ago, Brock Warner set up a mentoring tweet chat. (See the #NFPmentors from August recapped here.) I joined in on that one-hour wild keyboard ride because I believe that having a mentor is a great help in one’s career path. I had such a great first...

AFP Congress 2013

I got inspired, recharged and schooled at the 2013 Association of Fundraising Professionals conference in Toronto, the official Congress of the Toronto chapter of AFP. Holy smokes it was good! The opening session was led by Ken Burnett and Alan Clayton...

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...

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