Series Note: Recently, I had the opportunity to observe the donor messaging of a small, community nonprofit in the Midwest. I noticed four common issues in their messaging at this nonprofit that plague many others. In this four-part series, I … read more
A new study shows that donors are prepared to give generously during COVID-19. Are you prepared to ask?
This year marks my thirtieth year in fundraising. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Across three decades I have raised money through three recessions, the attacks of 9/11, and a half-dozen market crashes, including one major financial meltdown. Through it … read more
Spring is event season for nonprofit organizations in the US – nestled between the year end giving surge and the dreaded summer-slump. Hosting an event is a time-tested strategy for cultivating and boosting donor support. So, what happens when we … read more
If we are fostering trust through appropriate levels of transparency and vulnerability–that are scaled to the donor’s disposition and profile–then they will likely open-up to us on the same level. Within the past week of calling throughout my network of … read more
I have a love-hate relationship with personality tests. Understanding yourself is essential to choosing the right career path, and personality tests can provide some enlightening insights. But they may also discourage you from exploring a field because their unique color-coded … read more