Category Archives: Fundraising Capacity

Posts about planning for progress and structuring for success.

Birthday Fundraising

March.  My birthday month. I confess I’ve never understood the ballyhoo about birthdays. After my daughter’s first child—which took 22 hours of labor before they decided that maybe a caesarean was called for—on her son’s birthday, I would give her a “birthing day” gift. But to celebrate something for which I—the birthday celebrant—had nothing to do… Read more

The Only Two Ways to Fundraise

We talk a lot about the different kinds of fundraising and different kind of donors:  Annual, Major, Planned Giving and Planned GiversWe divide this up and in larger shops, have directors and associate directors of….but truth to tell, there is only two kinds of fundraising: Arm’s length (or transactional) Up close (or relational) And the… Read more

The More things change

Age is interesting.  For example, I’m now at that age when most people—certainly most of the people I know—have already retired or are planning on it in the next year or so.  Lunching with an age-appropriate friend the other day, she noted that we might be the last two standing, and that she was thinking… Read more

The Good, The Bad

At 3 am, the high winds tore off half the Ficus tree in front of our house.  By noon, the city had taken the rest of the tree.  It seemed a fitting end to the year; a year with much laughter and tears.  A year where a lot of good things, and many bad ones,… Read more