The Mid-Year Appeal

Almost half-way there—whether halfway through the calendar year or your fiscal year.  And even if your fundraising is going great guns, more would not be a bad thing.  If you don’t already do a mid-year appeal, you might want to consider it.  And if you do, you might want to think about how to make… Read more

Six Steps to a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Fundraising campaigns are time-defined efforts to raise money for a specified purpose or purposes using a range of fundraising techniques.  When most organizations talk about fundraising campaigns they are thinking about capital campaigns and those, typically, are focused on raising funds to build or renovate a building.  But campaigns can also help to enhance programs,… Read more

Lucky Woman

Maybe it’s the sun.  Or the warm breezes.  Or perhaps it is just the realization that yes, I am a very lucky woman.  I am contented and while there are moments, I’m able to keep them just that: moments. I have come to realize how fortunate I am and I have decided to simply accept… Read more

Is Your Entire Staff Part of the Team?

I called the office of a nonprofit organization and asked to talk to the development director. “She’s not here,” said the person answering the phone.  “Call her back later.”  And then I heard the click of a hang up. Clearly, this person did not feel that development had anything to do with her.  She didn’t… Read more