JOB POSTING: Direct Mail Marketing and Production Specialist

September 22, 2017

If you have an excellent working knowledge of printing services including print production management, data, lettershop, direct mail and Canada Post regulations; if you are self-motivated, curious and organized and enjoy working with extremely creative and strategic thinkers and like the idea of a fast-paced, highly flexible work environment, then you may be the right […]

Creative and Effective Ways to Inspire Donor Loyalty

February 9, 2016

Donors who are loyal to your cause feel a sense of allegiance, commitment and dedication. They give as generously as their means allow, they give longer and they are more likely to stretch their giving and/or leave a legacy gift to your charity. Loyalty suggests inner circle, respect, family, closeness, honesty, openness and trust. Put […]

Unforgettable?

January 13, 2015

If you’re like me, just seeing the word unforgettable gets the Nat King Cole tune rolling in your head.  If you’ve not heard it, google it… I promise, it’ll stick with you.  Why am I rambling about Nat King Cole? Because I want your organization to be unforgettable in the minds of your donors. Currently […]

Flip the Switch: Get Your Board Excited About Fundraising

June 24, 2014

Noooo, we can’t ask for money!  Besides, why would anyone want to give to us?  This just won’t work.  There has to be another way … This was the conversation among a Board of Directors for a local charity. The Executive Director asked me to come in to speak with them because the organization was […]

Actions Are Louder Than Words

May 13, 2014

I work with a wide variety of organizations and one of the things I enjoy most is getting to know everyone, from the person who greets people at the front desk to the chair of the board and all manner of folks in between. It’s truly a gift to find organizations who, from top to […]

Replace Third Person Anonymous with First Person Singular

February 25, 2014

One of the first lessons we’re taught as fundraisers is that “people give to people.” After more than 25 years in the fundraising world, I’m more convinced than ever that this is true. As a donor, I obviously give to help people in need. I might give to the United Way to help the homeless or my local food […]

Think Like a Fundraiser, Feel Like a Donor

December 11, 2013

I believe that to be great fundraisers, we have to work at understanding the donor experience. We have to relate to donors where they are and we have to feel. As fundraising professionals it is incumbent upon us to ask for money, to employ strategy, use leverage tactics, focus on retaining donors and aim to […]

Thinking About Donor Retention?

July 9, 2013

If you’ve been to a fundraising conference lately, read an article or blog, or chatted with your colleagues you’ll know that retention is the current buzzword and biggest concern amongst fundraising professionals today.  And so it should be. The number one complaint donors have is accountability.  We’re not telling them where their money goes.  And […]

Congress Washes Away From the Soul the Dust of Everyday Work

December 6, 2012

Yes indeed, my phrase is coined from Pablo Picasso’s saying “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.  I love the idea of it.  And I love that Congress does this for me.  I always come away from this conference feeling inspired and renewed.  I meet new people.  I have great conversations.  […]