Category Archives: Fundraising Capacity

Posts about planning for progress and structuring for success.


Change.  It’s something I frequently advocate for my clients, but in my own life, I often find myself sticking with things because, well, you know, they are what I am comfortable with.  Even when they are not working for me.  Over the next few months, I’m launching a new website, building new alliances, and reconsidering both my blog (Too Busy to Fundraise) and this newsletter.  After all, I’ve been producing both of these for almost a dozen years.

  As I’ve been working through these changes, I realize that for me at least, the greatest value is how it makes me consider what I’m doing—and what I am not.  Mainly it is allowing me to think about what I need to be doing to be more effective.

This, of course, is what I do with my clients, and yes, it is easier when you are not the one doing the work.  But that is the real value of a consultant.  Because I am not doing what you do (but what I bring to the table is the fact that I have!), I can see things that you are unable to.  And I can pull from a variety of experiences that help to clarify what works best in what situations.

Change is one of those things that we all push back against.  If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that this is just what we do and we will continue doing it, hell or highwater, I would be a wealthy woman.  Heck, if I had a dollar for every time I acted in the same way…..

So over the next few months, do look for these changes but know that much will remain the same.

I still have the same passion to help nonprofits do a better job.  The way I try to make that happen is to help you raise more money, improve your boards, plan more for the future.  

More than anything, I love to do training, and I hope that I can work with more of you to train your boards and your staff to be better fundraisers and to think more strategically about growing revenue.

For over 12 years, I’ve been a sole proprietor.  Last year I did try to bring someone else on board.  Through no fault of hers, that didn’t work.  I realized that I am the perfect sole proprietor BUT I am fortunate to have a large network of fabulous professionals that I partner with, recommend, and get referrals from.  If I can’t do it, I probably know someone terrific who can.  If I can do it, but my style doesn’t fit with what you need (and I do recognize that I’m not everyone’s consultant), I’m good with recommending someone I think is great and whose style may be a better fit

So yes.  Janet Levine Consulting is me.  But it is also a lot more.  

Do stay tuned.  And if you are at a place where you also need to make some changes, let’s talk.  I’m happy to share with you the ways I managed to get myself unstuck, and I’m there to help you work through not just the change but ensuring that the change is the one you need it to be

No Regrets

Somewhere in my late 40s I decided that being a long-distance runner would be amazing.  But, I wasn’t a runner at all, and I thought I was sort of old, so I didn’t do anything about it. Had I joined a running club, hired a running coach, or just started running for distances longer and… Read more

The Poison of Perfection

For over a decade, I’ve been blogging at Too Busy to Fundraise . This post goes back to almost the beginning—2009.  To me, it still resonates.  I hope it does for you, too. For years I’ve tried to no avail to learn another language. It isn’t so much that I can’t master the grammar or learn the… Read more

Fundraising Follies

Thirty years I’ve been in this business.  Over 40 percent of my life.  And it’s something I’m pretty passionate about.  But lately, I get this feeling that all I’ve done–all the fundraising, the coaching, the training, the consulting–has changed very little. Last year, for example, there was this great ballyhoo about how fundraising had reached… Read more