Here in the Northwest, we live at the intersection of rapid change and extreme contrast. We have tent cities in the shadows of sparkling new office towers; opulent suburban homes […]
Between NPR’s spring pledge drive and my alma mater’s one-day giving challenge, my inbox and radio have been inundated lately with pitches for challenge and matching gifts. In my work […]
Everything I needed to know about donors I learned in my junior high health class. I had this “ah-ha” moment at the 2014 AFP-Washington Major Gifts Symposium last month. Jennifer […]
One of my simple summer pleasures as a kid was eating those popsicles with the silly riddle on the stick. In honor of summer, here’s my cheesy fundraising popsicle joke […]
Recently when I was deleting unread emails from my inbox, I had a guilty thought: if am abducted by aliens, and someone was reconstructing my life only through my emails, […]
This past December, I received an email that led with “…we wanted to reflect on what you’ve helped us achieve this year…” It told me about how the organization has […]
In the fundraising world, nothing gets us grumbling quite like the thought of planning a special event (especially on the eve of the fall event season).
Organizations might spend years thinking about a campaign, years ramping up for and running the campaign, and then what? Staff and volunteers pack up and move on? A return to the pre-campaign status quo? A fundraising cliff? There’s no magical formula or standard experience that will explain exactly what an organization will find on the other side of a campaign.
“Burning the boats” is fully committing to look ahead, not backwards. Take the leap without the assurance that you can run back the old way.
Stories of impact speak to donors who give tens of millions and to donors who give $10.