Author Archives: JLevine


There.  Now I have your attention. Money.  A topic more difficult to discuss than sex.  And yet, for those of us who are (or were) fundraisers, an important topic, and one on which we need to get a handle. Recently, I was at a conference where participants were sharing success stories.  One group told about… Read more

Just Say No

Remember that song–“I’m just a gal who can’t say no?”__from the play, Oklahoma!? No, I’m not going to talk about #MeToo (important as that may be).  This is about the Executive Director or the Development Director who hasn’t figured out how to say no to inappropriate board requests. I write a blog called Too Busy… Read more

The Art of Storytelling

This past weekend at a fundraiser, I watched a young man get up and talk about the impact the organization had made on his sister, who had passed away from a terminal illness.  He talked about how, just for a little while, each time the volunteers came to their house, she could forget about being… Read more

Donors AND Clients, Staff, Volunteers

Many years ago, I was taken on a tour at Venice Family Clinic, an organization that provides medical care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals.  As we walked through the waiting room, I was told that when patients register, they are asked if they would like and are able to make a donation… Read more