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...

Every Fundraiser Needs Grace

I wrote earlier about how every fundraiser needs Grit, Grace and Gratitude. Today I’m diving into the attribute of grace. If you’ve been a fundraiser for any length of time, you know there are times when you need grace.   It might be grace under pressure (“Don’t...

Great Fundraisers Need Grit

I keep this little poster framed in my office – I believe “Grit, Grace & Gratitude” perfectly sum up what it takes to be a great fundraiser – it’s why I pin it to my Twitter bio. The term “grit” isn’t new, but it received a lot of press when Angela...

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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