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Fundraising Vocabulary: Words I Hate
Have you ever explored the meaning of language – the importance of vocabulary – with your staff colleagues and your board members? Have you ever asked donors what language moves them – or erects barriers?
Zen and the Art of Fundraising: Being in the Moment
Some moments with donors are forever imprinted on our minds. I visited with donors in the greater Washington, DC area on September 11, 2001, when the terrorists struck. I can close my eyes and recall the scene as if it were last week...
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Imagine the next 25 Years of Philanthropy
In its Winter 2018 issue, the AFP's publication Advancing Philanthropy invited me to write an article on what I see as the changes in the fundraising profession that we can expect in the next quarter century and beyond.
Nonprofit CEO Search: Do We Really Need a Search Committee?
A nonprofit CEO search committee will mean more phone calls, meetings, memos, and email blasts. But there are two excellent reasons to form and implement a search committee for your CEO search. Do you know what they are?
10 Tips for Writing Well-Worded Survey Questions
When you need data for planning and tracking, doing a survey might seem like an easy solution. Unfortunately, many surveys end up not being very useful. They get too few responses, biased responses, or irrelevant responses. You can increase the chances that your survey will get you useful results by making sure your survey questions are well-constructed. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when creating your next survey.