5 Things to Keep Your Fundraising Program Going During COVID -19

COVID-19 has changed everything. How do you keep fundraising when folks are worried about the state of the world and worried about their health? In this video, I’ll explain 5 tangible actions and things to keep in mind during this time including KYPU! (watch the video to see what that means.) Take gentle care. Cathy As life becomes harder and more …

Does your organization have the right conditions for fundraising?

If you want to succeed at fundraising, you can’t simply work hard at raising money. You need to create the right conditions within your organization – the enabling ecology – for fundraising to thrive. The enabling ecology approach  intentionally integrates the culture of philanthropy and your organizational values directly into your fundraising program. In this video, I’ll be sharing sharing the four …

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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 …

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 …