Raising money online: Fact or Fiction?

I recently read a study that indicated of the 180,000 “Causes” on Facebook, the avg funds raised through this online method for each charity, over the course of a year, was only $1000. Really? This seems slightly outrageous given the hype and passion circulating about using Facebook by NPO’s for online fundraising. It seems everywhere […]

Use these mid winter months to GROW, not slow, your organizations philanthropy

Most nonprofits experience a significant lull in donations and donor activity in the months of January and February. The post year end doldrums. Donors are slow to give, having distributed their 2010 charitable contributions during the ebullience of the holiday season. Consumers are recovering from gift purchases. The weather makes for hermits, with snow, ice […]

Engaging Your board In Fundraising: Framing Your Perspective

So in my last post we talked a little bit about Passion in your Board being the driving force for Philanthropy. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Lets bring it back to the beginning. In order to be open to new ideas, its essential we frame our own perspective on the boards involvement in […]

On Hiring a Consultant

You’re experiencing problems in your organization. Maybe you’re losing donors. Maybe your board is not working together, not working at all, or maybe you’ve lost board members. Perhaps you are experiencing high turnover of staff. Or maybe you don’t think you are getting as much out of your staff as you think you should. Or […]

Don’t pollute

Happy Earth Day! Today people across the US will consider their carbon footprints. They’ll think of ways to conserve, recycle and eliminate pollutants in their life, to ensure our world stays healthy and around a long time. Often we pollute our donor relationships as well. Its the same careless lazy attitude that causes earth pollution, […]

Visionary Leadership

I’ve been asked to speak on visionary leadership.  I’m still deciding if I have anything cogent to say on this topic. The term “visionary leader” is tossed out like so much corporate slang today. But is it an accurate representation of the sentiment hoped to be communicated? The encyclopedia defines leadership as an individual’s capacity to motivate others […]

Dancing

Relationships are like a dance. Each person has a choreography script of steps in their head. This choreography script has been built over time, based on other dances we held a part in. The script is dynamic, but we may think its static. Shuffle – ball- change left and you expect your partner to respond. […]