Take a Sunday drive on the road to annual planning

November 12, 2012

Just about every business or fundraising book you pick up, workshop you attend, or professional you seek advice from, will tell you that you need a plan and show you how to build one. And so you should – no in fact – you must have a plan. You need to write it down, talk […]

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells … it’s Christmas in July!

July 9, 2012

As I write this, it’s 34 degrees outside and in just a few hours, I’ll be heading to the cottage for a vacation. Long slow days of swimming, reading and (maybe) a few cocktails beckon. I can’t wait. But, it’s also the perfect time to think about Christmas. Wait, what? Yes, you heard me right. […]

Find direction with your major gifts compass

February 2, 2012

Just about every small to medium-sized charity I talk to struggles with major gifts. They look at the big hospitals and universities up the street and get overwhelmed. ‘They’ve got staff and money and experience. We’ve got none of that. How can we possibly compete?’ Let me start by saying that more effort on major […]