Do you hear the sound of engines revving in the distance? That’s the sound of hundreds – thousands – of development shops gearing up as the pandemic wanes. Fundraisers hitting the road. In-person visits. Special events being scheduled. In a few months that distant sound will be a roar. Organizations across the nonprofit landscape willContinue reading “The Reckoning”
I am From Elena Sanchez I am from the big yellow house in the middle of the street I am from the street where there’s no bike riding, The street where the ice cream truck never slows down I am from the porch you could hide under I am from the house that had dirtContinue reading “The Fundraisers’ Mission Statement”
We’re halfway through! Since last Fall, and continuing now for the next six months, subscribers to The Weekend Briefing Plus receive bi-weekly installments from our new book, “(Everything I’ve Learned in 44 Years About) Major and Planned Gifts.” It’s not too late to sign up! Just click on the Subscribe link at robcummingsconsulting.com Here’s aContinue reading “Major Gifts Book Sneak Peek”
Excerpted from Winning: The Five Truths of Fundraising, available in print, audiobook and eBook on Amazon.com 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 letters those gifts precipitate. My friend hadContinue reading “Disappointment”
“I resolve to stop using myself as a gauge for what will resonate with my donors. In other words, stop trying to raise money from yourself. “No matter who you are or where you are in your fundraising career, you probably aren’t a proper representative for your target donor demographic. “You’re likely younger and muchContinue reading “Get Your Nose Out of Your Navel”
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