The Giving Report 2018 – Helping you stay in the know!

December 3, 2018

The Canada Helps Giving Report 2018 was recently released. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I highly recommend that you do. For me, it certainly affirms what we see and experience in our day-to-day work with our clients. The Giving Report 2018 hits the mark in driving some very timely points […]

How To Achieve Awesomeness: A Summer Challenge for Fundraisers

June 18, 2018

We have a small tradition in our family – it’s the annual crafting of our summer “Poo-Butt List.” Now stick with me for a minute. Each summer we pull out a yellow pad of legal paper and gather around the kitchen table. We all toss out the wild things we’d like to do which can […]

How to be a good fundraiser

June 4, 2018

I love the work I do. I admire and respect my colleagues and clients. Donors inspire me every day. I’m proud to call myself a fundraiser and I’m grateful that I found my way into this profession thirty-some years ago. I’ve watched the profession and the sector grow and change and I’ve learned a few […]

What I learned studying for my CFRE

April 15, 2015

After a couple of years of hemming and hawing, I finally decided that obtaining my Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International certification was a priority. To make the exam prep less onerous and a bit more fun, I joined up with a couple of my fundraising peers and we got down to business. One of […]

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 […]

What Does Your Legacy Prospect Want?

March 25, 2014

Usually when I blog, I rant on about a subject that’s important to me. A subject that I hope is important to you too. But this time, I’m going to step aside and give the platform to someone who deserves to be listened to more carefully – and much more often. That person is your […]

The ‘S’ Words: Seamless and Silos

March 11, 2014

Once upon a time, we humans wandered the earth, hunting and gathering for food we needed to survive. Then, tens of thousands of years ago, we taught ourselves to farm. About 200 years ago we began to master machinery—and the industrial age began. And so it kept going: the knowledge economy, the digital economy and […]

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 […]

Silk Purses and Silos

August 29, 2013

(NOTE: If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a fundraiser. While I hope you get value from it, I want to confess that I didn’t write it for you. I wrote it for your CEO. I wrote it for your finance boss. I wrote it for your Board Chair and the members of your Board […]

3 Simple Rules for Your Next Crisis

May 22, 2013

Like most Canadians, I’ve been following the saga of the Tory Senators spending scandal, the resignation of the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and the media frenzy coming out of Ottawa these days. As I look back over my years in politics and philanthropy, it seems to me that our Prime Minister has failed to […]