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...

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...

The Beautiful Game

I am surrounded by all things World Cup. My husband is English by birth and played football (soccer) all his life, including semi-pro, until he immigrated to Canada.  He is football mad (in a stiff-upper-lip sort of way). And by far his happiest moment in life was...

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...

The VBG

As a fundraiser, sometimes there is just not enough time for the job and all the other things you want to do in your life. What I did have time for was worrying. And telling myself to stop worrying. Again and again. Why was I worrying? Last week, we received...

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