Important Fundraising Lessons I Learned From Rocket Science

June 28, 2019

Curing diseases. Ending starvation. Protecting our environment. Charities are taking on some of the biggest challenges of today’s world. As fundraisers, we’re responsible for generating revenues that fuel our organizations’ efforts in achieving these goals. At times, it can appear daunting. When that happens, I like to think back to December 21, 2015. Why? Well, […]

Three Easy Tips That Will Make Your Donors Love You

June 14, 2019

Donor-centricity. Mention that term in a room full of fundraisers and you’ll always get lots of approving nods. We are very smart and highly attuned people. We fundamentally understand that great fundraising is never about us or our organizations and that donors give through us and not to us. In fact, in a perfect world, […]

Staff or Money? How to Accomplish Both

March 25, 2019

What comes first, fundraising staff or money? It is a conundrum faced by many charitable organizations. To raise money you need a team and a talented team raises more money, so where do you start? With a litany of needs and requests to raise dollars, organizations often feel pressure to grow their development teams. How […]

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 […]