Category Archives: Fundraising Capacity

Posts about planning for progress and structuring for success.

Giving Thanks

I’m not a holiday kind of person.  I don’t have or attend large family and friend dinners; hate giving and receiving gifts.  Don’t get all misty-eyed over holiday songs, plays, stories, movies, ballet.  But there is something I enjoy about Thanksgiving. I like when people reflect on what they are thankful for. Too often, our… Read more


I started my fundraising career at a large, research university that had a development staff that numbered in the hundreds.  My days were completely filled with donor and prospect appointments where I was able to provide opportunities for these donors and prospects to support the university and, more specifically, the college for which I worked.… Read more

Cultivating Beyond the Donor

  Fundraisers spend a large amount of time cultivating high-wealth donors with two goals in mind – large current gifts and a planned gift when that donor passes.  Those planned gifts when the donor finally passes can indeed be very large and beneficial to the non-profit.  But what happens to the ongoing current gifts the… Read more

Trending Now

Trending.  It’s on my newsfeed, it’s what social media touts.  And often, when I am meeting with clients, teaching a workshop, or just talking with people interested in the nonprofit sector, I am asked what fundraising trends I am seeing. I know that they are looking what’s hot and what is not in fundraising techniques.  Is… Read more