I was so honored to speak at Planet Philanthropy recently about Fundraising for Introverts. I’m an introvert. No, really, I am. There are a fair number of us working in development who aren’t all that outgoing, and the nuggets I shared seemed to really strike a chord, so I thought I’d share some of my30

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Unless you’re an experienced cook, you wouldn’t wander into the kitchen and start haphazardly throwing food into a pot. You’d start by choosing the dish you want to eat. The one that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. Then you’d organize your ingredients and work through the process of chopping, mixing, and heating.30

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Fundraisers work in The Great Money Contradiction. Most of us grow up hearing that it’s not polite to talk about money. Yet that’s our job. No wonder so many people find a way around face-to-face asks! You know what I’m talking about – you’re nervous about meeting a donor in person to ask for money,30

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“All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, and I promise you something great will come of it.” This is a line from a new movie called “We Bought a Zoo.” I saw the preview weeks ago and I can’t get that phrase out of my head.  Maybe because I’m wrestling with a few30

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Work rhythms are common. We all fall into ways of doing things that serve us in some way. We host the same special event each year or we submit the same grant application each year. It works for a while, but then attendance starts to drop off or our grant is no longer funded. We30

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I have a lot of opinions about nonprofits and how nonprofit staff should be treated (I know, big surprise!). One of the things I feel strongly about is taking care of people. After all, it’s the people who make or break a nonprofit organization. I get so frustrated with nonprofit leaders who are short-sighted and30

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If your organization is having trouble raising money right now and you’re blaming it on the economy, I want you to stop. There are lots of nonprofits who are doing just fine.  Many of my clients are raising more money this year than last year.  Attendance at annual dinners and galas is up. Donors are30

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For many nonprofits, July 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year. It’s a chance to start over.  I’m guessing for many, this past fiscal year is one we’d like to forget! As you think about starting fresh, I encourage you to really grab ahold of that idea. Let your negative thoughts and feelings30

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