Stephen Nill founded CharityChannel in 1992 as a means of connecting his nonprofit hospital chain's fund development staff over the Internet to their colleagues at other organizations. That first discussion community grew into what is today the oldest and largest community of third-sector professionals in the world, comprised of well over 100,000 participants worldwide. He has been working in the US and international third sector for more than four decades. He has served as the Chief Development Officer at a major Southern California university, the CEO of a large health care foundation, a senior vice-president of fund development of a U.S. west-coast nonprofit hospital chain, as a founder and acting director of development of a parochial school in his community, and as a founder of an organization dedicated to providing food and clothing for homeless persons.

Stephen enjoys composing symphonic and choir music at wee hours of the morning in his studio. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Janet, and his golden retriever, Gypsy.

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Matching Gifts guru Steve Hafner shows how to harness employer data

When it comes to nonprofit fundraising, one of the most powerful things you can do is to multiply a single gift. Of course, we're talking about a matching gifts program where the donor's employer matches the gift. In this video, I sit down with Steve Hafner, the visionary behind HEPdata, a company that does the heavy lifting of connecting your prospective donors with their employer's matching gift program.

New Book: Zen and the Art of Fundraising

It's Friday, the perfect day to let you know about our newest book released today, Zen and the Art of Fundraising: 8 Pillars of Success.
At just 84 pages, you could easily read it on a weekend, though its profound lessons may well take a lifetime to perfect. It's by Alexandra Pia Brovey, JD, LLM, a true master not just of fundraising but of Shotokan karate, for which she holds a black belt.

Brian Saber opens enrollment in Asking Matters

Brian, a member of the CharityChannel professional community, believes that to really improve ourselves in asking for major gifts takes a commitment of time and willingness to hone our skills. He provides a rich learning environment through his state-of-the-art membership site, Asking Matters. He has carefully designed it to enable us to really learn and grow as fund raisers, particularly with regard to major gifts.

Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 3

In today's third and final installment, I ask Brian about his free four-video online workshop for nonprofit fundraisers March 7th-14th.

Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 2

I recently sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In the first installment of my discussion with him, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. In this installment, I ask him how a development officer (the person making the ask) can become comfortable making the ask, and, as importantly, how to become effective in doing so.

Why Do People Struggle to Ask Face-to-Face? Part 1

I just sat down with Brian Saber, a CharityChannel colleague and leading expert on how to make face-to-face asks. In this fast-paced 11-minute recorded discussion, I asked him why people struggle so much to make that all-important face-to-face ask. This is the first of three recorded segments with Brian on asking.