Pain Relievers

Have you ever had a child, a pet, or a friend in pain? Some searing pain, a throbbing joint, or a broken heart. Photo: Unsplash/ Kat J The first thing you want to do is make it stop. You want to be the one who “makes it all better.” You offer something...

Connect with Donors – especially during Covid-19

What should we be prioritizing now? Connection. During the coronavirus era, many of us are isolating, sheltering-in-place or simply keeping apart. Yet most of us are spending time reaching out to family, friends and colleagues. Are we keeping in mind our connection...

18 New Rules for 2018

I’m so happy to be spending the Christmas and New Year holidays with my daughter, Lorraine, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil – a mix of adventure and relaxation. So far, I’ve unplugged almost completely  (although here I am writing, escaped the cold winter,...

Fundraisers Need Gratitude

This is the last in a three-part series on why fundraisers need grit, grace and gratitude. Why fundraisers need gratitude. I firmly believe we need more gratitude in this world, full stop. Not only fundraisers, but everyone. So, my post starts from there. But here are...

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...

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...

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