The Most Powerful Way to #Fundraise

#Fundraising Friday. This one courtesy of The Veritus Group and #Nonprofit Storytelling Conference

Listening to donors and sharing a story they can feel in their bones….

02/12/2016 at 08:19 Leave a comment

Wave of Immigration

You may know I am less than a year into my expat life of an American citizen living and working in Australia. If we know there has been a wave of refugee movement like we’ve never seen before – I believe, after this US election, there will be a second big wave of people moving from country to country – legally and illegally.

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Donor Love

Then on rare occasions fundraisers have the opportunity to share space with philanthropists who have lived extraordinary lives.

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Major Gift Fundraising is Hard

So depends on how you define fundraising “hard”.

Continue Reading 22/11/2016 at 06:56 Leave a comment

How to Write a Thank You Note

No matter where you live in the world – this is the time of year to thank our donors, volunteers and staff. Great post by Clay Buck.

Annual Fund Lab

I’ve just finished signing 617 Thanksgiving cards.


My own name has taken on semantic satiation.  BUT, I really became aware of the phrases we use to express gratitude:

“Thank You”

“We are grateful”


Those are all first-person statements.  “Thank You” is a truncation of “I/We Thank You.”  So even gratitude becomes about me and not you.  It’s about how I feel.

When, really, especially in a donor-centered annual fund (which isn’t annual at all), our gratitude needs to be about them . . . about the donor . . .

That’s tougher than it sounds when it’s a note on a card, but here’s a few to try:

“You’re Wonderful.”

“You are the best.”

“You made it happen.”

“We are grateful for you.”  (Still a first-person statement, but it’s about them).

“You are so thoughtful/generous/kind”

Don’t tell me how you feel, tell me about me.  It’s…

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20/11/2016 at 15:35 Leave a comment

Hillary Echo Chamber

I thought – Hmmm can the former President become the leader of the democratic party? We still need more of him or leaders like him to get the party and its’ constituency back.

Continue Reading 16/11/2016 at 23:14 Leave a comment

Post Election Options

A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. The FBI has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” FBI

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