In a country far away, old friends sit around a table in a café drinking tea as they do every evening. “Can you believe what happened in Texas?” asked one. “The shooting? Unbelievable. Those poor children. Their families. I can’t imagine the pain. When will it stop?” They all were waiting for the elder ofContinue reading “The Cafe”
One of my all-time favorite country songs is by Reba McEntire, “(The World Ain’t Gonna Stop for) My Broken Heart.” It’s had five million views on YouTube, by the way. Our economy and our world are in a bit of tizzy at the moment. But as Reba suggests, life goes on. Fundraising does too. AtContinue reading “The Big 7”
“I would never admit this to anyone at the office, but it has been a long time since I felt excited about my job. Most days, it’s an effort to just do the work.” Is that you? There’s nothing wrong with you. You’re not a bad person or a bad employee. Everyone has “down days.”Continue reading “Feeling Alone”
Over the years I’ve had the privilege of nurturing the growth of advancement professionals at early stages of their careers. To watch many of them develop into major gift rock stars has been deeply meaningful to me. I’m often asked, especially these days, “What exactly makes a great major gifts fundraiser?” I’ve seen it happen,Continue reading “Finding a Great Major Gifts Officer”
Last time we talked about the greatest sin a fundraiser can commit: making a donor feel small. This is what happens. — I was having coffee with a friend of mine. She’s the director of development for a wonderful nonprofit. Among other things we were talking about our year-end totals and all the thank-you lettersContinue reading “Disappointment”
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