Category Archives: Work Smart

Posts about saving time, managing projects, and being more efficient.

Creature of Habit

I am a creature of habit.  I love my routines. More, I rely on them to keep me going. They provide comfort, security, direction. My routines ensure that things get done, deadlines aren’t missed.  They guarantee a consistency in my work. That is all to the good. Too often, fundraising falls victim to inattention.  We… Read more

The 7 Elements of a Successful Small Development Office

And guess what?  It works for larger offices also! My first fundraising job was at a large research university. 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.   I fundraised all day, every day. Flash forward a few… Read more

Straws in the Wind

When I was in college, I had an English professor who used to stand in front of the class holding his hand up and waving his fingers.  “Straws in the wind,” he would say and then tell us about something he read, heard, saw that in and of itself may have been fairly innocuous but… Read more

Tired of Unproductive Meetings?

Albert Solano has worked in the education sector and is an expert in streamlining the grant proposal process from writing to implementing the grant.  His ebook,  Grant Proposal Process: Mitigate Disaster! is available at his website,   How often have you left a meeting thinking, “That was a waste of time!” To improve meeting… Read more