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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.

Susan Axelrod

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.


Alexandra Brovey, JD, LLM

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.

Stephen C. Nill, JD

Storytelling and Fundraising: CharityChannel Interviews Lynn Ierardi and Russell James

Watch my interview of two of the nonprofit sector's leading experts on employing storytelling and fundraising — particularly fundraising focused on very large gifts (major gifts and planned gifts) — Lynn Malzone Ierardi, JD and Professor Russell James, JD, PhD, CFP ®.

Stephen C. Nill, JD

Video: Stephen Nill explains how to bust out of your career box

One of my favorite authors asked me to record an unrehearsed video on how writing can help in career advancement. I just couldn't resist such an invitation. So, without rehearsing or even thinking about what I would say, I went for it.

But I didn't limit my advice to writing. I covered speaking, also. Most importantly, I explain the mindset that's needed to bust out of one's career box.

Zen and the Art of Fundraising: The Pillars in Practice, by Alexandra Pia Brovey

Book: Zen and the Art of Fundraising: The Pillars in Practice

What is the secret to being a successful fundraiser? In this book three of the Zen and the Art of Fundraising trilogy, Alex Pia Brophy, JD, LLM, explores a variety of situations that fundraisers face daily—from phone calls, to meetings, to visits with prospects and donors—and applies the 16 pillars to help cope with challenging situations and succeed.