I just had a wonderful week’s vacation. I did a lot of reading for fun. Lots of spacey, sci-fi stuff. (I love to go far, far away… either in time or space). In one novel I read (2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson) a phrase stopped me cold. I had to dog-ear the page. Reason can’t work without […]
Archives for July 2014
Do we have – or want – trade secrets in fundraising?
Is the pie limited? Are we really in fierce competition with every other nonprofit for scarce donor dollars? Or could we all learn more from each other – and translate that into better communicating our specific missions?
As a consultant, I work with some smaller nonprofits. To begin, I try to get a sense of how they’re fundraising now. I see similar problems across different organizations. But here’s the surprising thing − I see these same problems in my mailbox every day, from national and international charities. So these aren’t only small organization problems. I’ll […]
Every day I’m fortunate to interact with talented people from all over the world. (Thank you, interwebz). One common thread too many of us share: a sense that perhaps we’re not quite good enough. Self-deprecation can oil social connections – but it also costs each of us something important. I’m shocked all over again when […]
Is your smaller organization struggling? Wondering why you can’t get out of the just-squeaking-by-every-year rut? Meet two fundraising enemies: Thinking Small and its evil twin, Wishful Thinking. Thinking Small Thinking Small works its way in disguised as pragmatism. After all, if your organization is small, you have no choice, right? But it invades your organization’s mindset. […]