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...

AFP’s Call for More Men – on International Women’s Day 2017

Yes, you read that right. On International Women’s Day, AFP asked, “Why are there so few male fundraisers?” Wednesday March 8 was International Women’s Day. The world-wide day recognizing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of...

All the gifts my first boss gave me…

  At times, you only understand how good a thing is when you look back on it. Such is the case with the boss in my very first job – Cliff Sanderlin. My first fundraising job was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. What a great mission, what...

Joy at Work

I love being a fundraiser and I always say that, for me, fundraising isn’t a job but a calling. So I got excited listening to Shankar Vedantam’s recent podcast, “How to Build a Better Job,” where he interviewed Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D.,...

Habits of Highly Successful Fundraisers

Did you have the opportunity to attend the international conference of AFP (the Association of Fundraising Professionals) in Boston? So much fun! And I was able to see It was March 20 – 22, 2016 – the weather was changeable (sunny and then SNOW!), you just...

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