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...

The House of Yes

If you don’t know me well yet, then I want to tell you a bit about my philosophies that keep me going as a fundraiser. Humble fundraisers need grit, grace & gratitude – perseverance and the ability to act with confidence and appreciation....

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…...

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