I tried a little experiment

I tried a little experiment recently. On LinkedIn, I asked a simple question: what advice would you give to your younger fundraising self? A couple of dozen folks shared their best advice. Here’s a link to the article I wrote about it in case you want to check it out. Their responses got me thinking. So I tried another experiment. …

Glass door on a sliding house

9 things I wish I had known early in my fundraising career

I’ve been working in fundraising for a long time. As a result, sometimes, I think things that are common sense – simply because I’ve been at this for a while – are not common at all. I was reminded of this a few years ago when friends helped my partner and I re-side an extension on our house. It was …

Heteropatriarchy on Fire?? Learnings from a newbie podcaster

I mean, come on.. who calls a podcast Heteropatriarchy on Fire? Well, I do. And I’m loving all of the really interesting things I’m learning and the challenging conversations I’m having and the belly laughs I’m sharing as I interview some leaders in the world of philanthropy. The podcast is actually called It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask (itdoesnthurttoaskpodcast.com) and this …

Fundraising Events: So much more than money

It’s ok Mommy, everybody has a little bit of pain. This kid slays me. She’s five years old and she’s my great-niece. When Maddie was born she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. We were afraid but her mom (my niece) and her dad were matter-of-fact: they weren’t going to let CF interfere with their daughter having an amazing life. Evening …

Proud to be a fundraiser

“You shouldn’t call yourself a fundraiser,” she said. I was gobsmacked. She almost snarled when she said the word, “fundraiser.” “You know, the people who work at hospitals and universities, they’re fundraisers.” She knew that I work primarily with emerging and medium sized social justice and social service groups in my fundraising practice. “You’re different. You link donors to important …

Fundraisers – Canaries in the Coalmine?

Early coal miners had no hi-tech equipment to detect the presence of methane gas in the air. Carried below ground, bright yellow canaries sang and chirped all day. However, the birds’ highly sensitive metabolism detected methane and carbon monoxide gas traces that signaled potential explosions, poisoned air, or both (thanks to www.petcaretips.net). I sometimes think fund development professionals are like …