Reflecting on Life, Major Gifts and Nonprofit Boards

Celebrating ...

This week I celebrated a milestone birthday. Yes, it was the big 40! So naturally, I've spent some time reflecting on my life and business. "Have I helped people to the best of my ability?" "What can I do better over the coming months and years?" "What are my long term goals?" Looking Back In my January, I declared 2015 as the Year of the Fundraising Board on this … [Read more...]

Happiness and Fundraising: How are they Linked?

Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right!

Today’s question comes from Sasha. Sasha got into fundraising because she wanted to change the world. But lately she's been feeling discouraged and unhappy at work. Her question is this: How can I get my passion back and can you help me put the fun back in fundraising? Great question, Sasha! Thank you for being brave enough to ask such a tough and important … [Read more...]

Charitable Giving is on the Rise – Is Your Board Ready?

Charitable giving is on the rise

The long years of “Great Recession” fundraising stress are over! At least, that's the news from Indiana University's report, The Philanthropy Outlook: 2015 & 2016. The report, produced by the Lilly Fundraising School in partnership with Marts & Lundy, offers a glimpse of what we can expect to see in 2015 and 2016 (I've taken this information taken directly from the … [Read more...]

How do I Explain a Reserve to My Donors?

How do I explain a reserve to donors?

A few months back I was facilitating a board retreat for a historical society in Denver and talking about the importance of fundraising, when a board member named John stopped me and asked me this: How can you expect us to feel motivated to raise funds when we have such a big endowment? I’m not convinced we actually need the money. Great question, John! And I truly … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Retain Your Best Nonprofit Board Members


Previously, we covered how to attract great board members. But after you “get” them to join your board, how do you keep them? In a few words, you want to make sure they become engaged and remain involved, so they develop into strong, loyal supporters of your organization. Five Strategies to Keep Your Strongest Board Members As you know, your board members are … [Read more...]