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Successful Nonprofit Fundraising is NOT About the Money
Successful nonprofit fundraising is not about the money. How can that be? Isn’t the whole objective of fundraising to raise money?
Self-Care for Nonprofit Leaders: Bracing Yourself for the Busiest Season
Year-end looms and a race begins for what is unarguably the busiest season for any nonprofit. Whether or not your fiscal year-end is on December 31, this date is the taxpayer’s year-end. It affects you. How on earth to take care of yourself when you are taking care of business?
Losing a Donor Friend is Difficult
It’s inevitable. Working for and on behalf of nonprofit organizations puts us into the path of some remarkable people. For fund development professionals like me, they often include donors who are advanced in years. We form bonds. Friendships. When they pass from this life, we feel it. Deeply.
How to Turn Your Event Attendees into Supportive Donors
It might not seem like it, but the calendar-year-end fundraising season will be here before we know it. Along with it comes those special events that every nonprofit organization must host.
Leadership, Self-Care, and the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer
While others are planning summer vacations and feeling happier and a bit freer during the dog days of summer, the impassioned people who run the nonprofit sector are working as much or more, making mission happen. Nat King Cole recorded a song in 1963 with the hook, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” As a nonprofit leader, I bet you wish it were so for you.
Zen and the Art of Mentoring
Ten years ago I was asked to be a mentor. Although it was my first time, I felt I was ready. I had more than a decade of experience as a gift planner plus more than five years of experience as an attorney. My mentee had a few years of experience and clearly thought that I qualified. Looking back now, I realize two things. First, I know significantly more now than I did ten years ago when I voluntarily accepted that role. Second, I’m not done learning.