Great insight on using social media for yourself and your organizations at the same time.

Is this the future of Philanthropy? Plus 5 campaign tips!

A recent Nonprofit Quarterly article by Kathi Jaworski discusses Bill Somerville’s post on the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy blog. Somerville predicts “more risk taking” while “seeking out and funding outstanding people and organizations.” Read Jaworski’s story here: The Nonprofit Quarterly | Pinch Me I Must Be Dreaming: Is This the Future of Philanthropy?.

Neil Sagebiel wrote about Hollins University’s successful campaign results despite challenging economic times. His first piece of advice: “Be clear about who you are, where you’re going and how gifts are going to make a difference.” Read his 5 Fundraising Tips now.

Where are you headed?

Slide02A couple of weeks ago, I bounded out of a client’s office after another productive meeting and headed to the parking garage eager to tackle some of the things we had discussed. I was energized and focused. I followed my usual route to the garage. As I walked, I must have had some sort of energy coming off of me, because the people I passed on this busy sidewalk literally stepped aside to make a path for me. I was a tad uncomfortable that people were stepping aside for me so I thought about what I might be projecting as I (more…)

Queer ideas and nuggets of gold

Slide09The annual International Fundraising Congress (IFC) was held last week in Amsterdam. Here are the highlights from Mark Phillip’s Queer ideas blog: Five things we learned at the IFC

Chuck Longfield, Blackbaud‘s chief scientist, has a job where he can crunch millions of numbers from a huge range of charities. If a question pops into his head, it doesn’t take him long to find the answer. In his session, Chuck shared some of his findings which included the following nuggets of gold: (more…)

Social Entrepreneur Innovation: A Liter of Light

Did you know that millions of families still live in the dark, literally? I am  pleased to recognize this simple yet brilliant Social Entrepreneur Innovation:


Is your charitable pie missing a slice? Part three

DSC03115It is time to plant your planned giving seeds.

Take measures now to ensure your donors know that planned gifts are not only welcome but encouraged. In your verbal, print and digital communications with donors and prospective planned givers, it is important to strike the right balance between their needs and your organization’s needs. Organization’s tend to focus too heavily on themselves and their case for support. To be sure, this is important; but we must never forget one thing: the donor.

Successful planned giving programs can be simple, especially in the start-up phase. Concentrate your early planned giving efforts on these three areas:

  1. Donor-focused communications
  2. Encouraging bequest gifts
  3. Networking with professional advisors

Over time, as your planned giving program matures, fold in more planned giving best practices.  A great resource for planned giving best practices to help you strengthen your new or mature planned giving program is Michael Rosen’s book Donor –Centered Planned Gift Marketing.

Not all planned giving gardeners are nonprofit employees or volunteers. It is  great to read a thoughtful article like the one from journalist Rachel Emma Silverman of the Wall Street Journal: How to Leave Money to Charity. She is helping to plant a wonderful garden of planned giving seeds.

Now, go plant your own planned giving seeds, and watch them grow! Over time, your organization will have a bountiful harvest and a complete charitable pie.

This is the third and final post in this series. Click here for part one and part two in this series.

Waking Up Full of Awesome

She woke up AwesomeWaking Up Full of Awesome written by Melissa Wardy, creator/owner of Pigtail Pals

There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome.

You knew you were awesome.

You loved yourself.

You thought you were beautiful, even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.

You loved your body, and the things it could do.

You thought you were strong.

You knew you were smart.

Do you still have it?

The awesome.

Did someone take it from you?

Did you let them?

Did you hand it over, because someone told you weren’t beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough?

Why the hell would you listen to them?

Did you consider they might be full of shit?

Wouldn’t that be nuts, to tell my little girl below that in another five or ten years she might hate herself because she doesn’t look like a starving and Photoshopped fashion model?

Or even more bizarre, that she should be sexy over smart, beautiful over bold?

Are you freaking kidding me?

Look at her. She is full of awesome.

You were, once. Maybe you still are. Maybe you are in the process of getting it back.

All I know is that if you aren’t waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out.

This post is dedicated to all our female readers, because sometimes we just need reminded. Thank you Melissa Wardy for sharing your awesomeness with all of us.

Remembering 9.11.01: the bad, the good and the charitable

Slide66Two weeks ago, we celebrated the tenth birthday of our first-born son. It was impossible then, and most especially today, to ignore how life as we knew it forever changed when he was only 14 days old.

It is fitting that today, the tenth anniversary of 9.11, we pay tribute to the victims, heroes and charitable legacies reluctantly established after the horrible attacks.

Here are some recent articles and websites offering perspectives: (more…)

Stewardship matters

This is a magic drawer stocked with cards for every occasion. And every good fundraiser should have one.” – Shanon Doolittle, Do good, feel better.

When it comes to stewardship, it has been said: “How can I thank thee? Let me count the ways.” (more…)