Remove the Relationship Roadblocks

Yesterday in my team’s Prospect Management meeting (a conference call across eight time zones), we listened to a colleague talk about a recent prospect meeting. The dinner meeting included my colleague, our “Key Exec,” a “Key Faculty...

My AFP International Conference Round Up

I was fortunate to be able to attend the recent Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conference for fundraisers in San Antonio. I enjoy the inspiration, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Many of my positions during my career have been in small...

Book Review – Donor Centered Leadership

I’ve been a huge fan of Penelope Burk since I first heard her speak not long after I arrived in the Canadian fundraising world. She was presenting to the Toronto AFP chapter her research on thanking donors and the impact of gratitude on donor retention (which...

Something for the Toolkit

As fundraisers, we are so fortunate to work with volunteers who are supporters and wish to assist our charity with fundraising. I’m not talking about event volunteers, although they may bring guests to an event, but donor-volunteers. At several charities where I...

Interview with Fundraising Yoda

If you are a fundraiser and have been active on twitter, you likely have come across the new master fundraiser, FundraisingYoda. He has a CFRJ (Certified Fund Raising Jedi) and lots of wisdom to share. I asked Fundraising Yoda for his time so I might seek answers to...

Learnings from Jeff Raikes – Part II

This is the second part of a series (see Part I) of thoughtful and inspiring comments Jeff Raikes made at a luncheon I attended. One of the wonderful things about Jeff is that he had an amazing career at Microsoft (you can see some of his history starting from when he...

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