Importance of Vacation

As I end my vacation I thought I would share some thoughts.

It’s important to take vacation. Take a rest – at home or away. Step away from work and “life” whatever that means to you.

Continue Reading September 4, 2014 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Life with DuPont

He’s a Pei, he’s a love, he’s a handful and he’s all mine.

Continue Reading August 20, 2014 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

A cold, hard look at the Ice Bucket Challenge #icebucketchallenge

Barbara Talisman, CFRE:

I could not have said it better myself! @barapani strikes again!

Originally posted on No Small Change:

Two weeks ago, I hadn’t heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Three days ago, I stared goggle-eyed at the tweets piling up on #icebucketchallenge.

Two days ago, YouTube went crazy with vids of famous people dunking buckets of ice water on themselves.

Yesterday, I watched every single one of them.

Well, almost. Awww, wasn’t Bill Gates the best? Wasn’t Tim Cook’s the most boring IBC (ice bucket challenge for the uninitiated)? WTF was Melinda Gates thinking, wearing that top hat from Toyland? And Satya Nadella, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Conan O’Brien, Sania Mirza… how sporting of them! Not to mention the scores of lonely hopefuls who dunked themselves in their living rooms, shot it on a shaky handycam balanced on the TV, set to the sound of canned applause (they must have had to do the cleaning up afterwards, unlike Nadella, Bezos and the others).

This morning, as…

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August 20, 2014 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

Let Rejection Teach You not Defeat You by Steven Scott Crandell

Huffington Post picked this up from Scott’s Thinking Philanthropy tumblr feed. I am following him and encourage you to do the same. He is sharing some great fundraising thinking.

Continue Reading August 18, 2014 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

To CFRE or Not – by Rory Green

Rory Green writes, Over the last six months, an internal debate has been raging: should I get a CFRE? Do I need a CFRE? Do I want a CFRE? Read about her thoughts and advice.

Continue Reading August 15, 2014 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

Seth Godin – Brace for Impact

Always inspiring – Seth Godin

Brace for Impact

All the clenching and imagining and playacting and anxiety—our culture has fooled us into thinking that this is a good thing, that it’s a form of preparation.

It’s not. It’s merely experiencing failure in advance, failure that rarely happens.

When you walk around braced for impact, you’re dramatically decreasing your chances.

Read the entire blog post here.

July 31, 2014 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

Engaging the Board in Fundraising – A Staff’s Guide

So what are the barriers that keep staff from being more successful in engaging board members to fundraise? And how can we increase our chances for success?

Continue Reading July 21, 2014 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

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