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...

A Call to Open-Heartedness

Now is the time for you and I to be open-hearted. The U.S. election happened. Maybe you were angry before. Maybe you are angry now. In the wake of the election, I’ve noticed no shortage of finger pointing, hand wringing and “you people” vitriol. Now is the moment to...

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.,...

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...

Are You a Treat?

Halloween is my kind of season. The changing leaves, the crispness returning to the air, pumpkins in various stages of fright and delight greet you at every turn. More than that, I’m a Halloween baby! And a fundraiser. Let me share my six insights to how...

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