Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell

I am a podcast geek and proud of it. This American Life took one of their segments and dedicated it to Malcolm Gladwell’s new podcast Revisionist History. All I can say – LISTEN UP PEOPLE! As a fundraiser and nonprofit professional he makes me ask myself and my donors great/different questions.

Continue Reading 28/07/2016 at 20:48 Leave a comment

Fundraising v Sales Tools

Recently, I have sought out professional development beyond fundraising – but still aligned. I’d like to recommend some resources that are making me think and re-think fundraising strategy, relationship marketing, donor engagement and how I participate/network in the community.

Continue Reading 26/07/2016 at 20:04 Leave a comment

Donor Visits in Australia

Seymour VICThis was my trip today. Three donors in 105km and back. Melbourne, Kilmore and Seymour Victoria.

The donors are amazing, wonderful, warm, welcoming people. We had insightful discussions about their work, passions and experiences. And they allowed me to learn and ask questions.

It’s “winter” in Oz – 50F, foggy and rainy most of the day. But that rain makes everything SO GREEN. Like golf course green except on undulating hills w sheep and cattle and horses.

I couldn’t take pics at 110kph but trust me. To my left and right it looked like Tolkien land. Low mist, green carpet dotted with grazing animals, lifting to hills and plateaus covered in dense fog. Ethereal would be a good word.

And then my last appointment, I arrived at a donor’s home in Seymour for lunch. The skies broke, the sun came out and we sat in a big bay window overlooking the Goulburn River with Gum, Eucalyptus and Olive trees waving in the wind.

This last conversation of the day with beautiful people in their 150 year home. They shared history – all those years ago gold came across the river and into town on the road in front of their home. They shared their garden full of ripe grapefruit and limes/lemons. And rose and peach trees now in winter dormant state but huge. Their olive orchard is amazing. They are generous to a fault with their time and more including sending me home with not only their kind hospitality but fresh lemons from their tree and EVOO from their orchard. #Lifeisgood because of good people and an amazing country worth exploring one day at a time.

06/07/2016 at 20:30 Leave a comment

Go-Giver Fundraising

Go-Giver Way: Create value in such a way that your prospects/donors/alumni will be attracted to connect with you; to invest with you and to refer you to others.

Continue Reading 24/05/2016 at 06:05 Leave a comment

Adding Value to the Philanthropic Conversation

Adding value to donor connections and conversations. Some questions that get your closer.

Continue Reading 10/05/2016 at 07:03 Leave a comment

Seth Godin on Rejection – Hello Fundraisers!

More important, focus on the unstated reasons that drive most rejections. And most important: Shun the non-believers and sell to people who want to go on a journey with you.

Continue Reading 04/05/2016 at 21:54 Leave a comment

Charitable Giving UP Down Under!

The good news is Australians are giving more than last year. Philanthropy and fundraising is new(er) in Australia than in the US. Everyone tells me the culture is different. And their right.

Continue Reading 03/05/2016 at 23:00 Leave a comment

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