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...

Let’s resolve … to lead with gratitude in 2016

Welcome to 2016! In the lead up to the New Year, did you see your inbox piling up with end-of-year asks? I sure did. In those last days of the year, there was quite a bit of chatter on Twitter about that. But this tweet from The Whiny Donor struck my heart…...

DonorLoveRevolution – Guest Blog

Welcome guest blogger, Rebecca Farrell, reporting from Ontario! Let’s Create a #DonorLoveRevolution Let me guess, you read #DonorLoveRevolution and wondered, “What is that? I want in!” So you continued reading! Great! Now that I have you here, I have to tell you, that...

Fundraiser as Tugboat

I’m in Chicago meeting with my colleagues. We have a widely distributed team and we are looking toward year-end, adjusting metrics and planing for 2015. As it is for many fundraisers, this is intense work. Last night I decompressed over some FaceTime with Rory...

Exercise your Gratitude Muscle

In my recent Movie Mondays vid I talk about showing donors appreciation. Donors put so much hope and their dreams into the gifts they give… shouldn’t we reflect that gratitude back? Exercising Your Gratitude Muscle You can see my other Movie Monday...

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