Posts filed under ‘Storytelling’

What is a Fundraising SME?

Here’s the bet – Compared to anyone not working in fundraising in your organization -YOU are the SME. You know more and have more experience than they do.

Continue Reading April 8, 2019 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Guy Raz – Best Interviews Ever

I’ll admit my addiction to podcasts but this Guy Raz dude – I can’t get enough of his NPR Ted Radio Hour and How I Built This. I highly recommend both. What are you listening to?

Continue Reading May 25, 2017 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Talking with Titans

Future plan no more than 6-12 months – focus on values clarification. Allows for more flexibility with opportunities, experimentation and see what doors open and people come my way.

Continue Reading December 12, 2016 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

Survivorship | Susan Sink

“What we have to fight, the chaos of nature, per Gonzales, is this: our brains. Our ability to manage our impulses and also to be present mentally to find solutions even if they mean ignoring previous training.”

Continue Reading December 9, 2016 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

The Beatles – Eight Days a Week

This movie is most amazing because Ron Howard has remastered hundreds of hours of film footage and photographs someone was smart enough to record and save. We get to see and hear the Beatles perform – not just talk about it. And there are narratives from Malcolm Gladwell, Whoopi Goldberg, roadies, reporters who covered the tour and the remaining Beatles. It is wonderful seeing John Lennon perform.

Continue Reading September 18, 2016 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Virtual Reality Cultivation and Fundraising

Ok so you gamers are way ahead of me – but this is an amazing opportunity to see shoes delivered, staff and children interacting and the place in which Toms (and your purchase) is making a difference. It is a great way of showing off our nonprofit missions! You and your donors will be there. And you better believe organizations are already using it…..Charity Water leading the way (again).

Continue Reading December 1, 2015 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Vietnam Bracelets and Veteran’s Day

Today we cannot forget – EVER – those who serve our country now or did in the past or gave their lives for our freedom.

Whether you agree with the US military spending, participation in wars near and far or recruitment, preparation and training of a future force – today we have military men and women who are serving at the behest of the President and for us. We cannot forget them.

Continue Reading November 11, 2015 at 9:23 am 2 comments

Connecting through Great Communication

You can’t do good science (insert your work here) without good communication,” Alda said. “You need to raise funds. The public has to back it. And you have to respect the fact that policy makers have not spent their lives studying (your work) science. They don’t talk your lingo.

Continue Reading October 23, 2015 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

The Moral Bucket List by David Brooks

This is a MUST read – do you know the difference between resumé and eulogy virtues?

Continue Reading April 15, 2015 at 11:06 am 2 comments

Rejection: A Lesson in Fundraising Resiliency

This conversation about donors saying “No”, rejection and resiliency, started when I saw the TedXBarnard given by Barbara Corcoran of NYC real estate and Shark Tank fame. Just because a donor or prospect says “no” doesn’t mean we walk away from them. After a donor meeting that didn’t go as expected what did you learn?

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

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