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About janetlevineconsulting

For over 20 years, Janet Levine has worked for and with nonprofit and educational organizations, helping to grow their advancement programs. Her consulting company, Janet Levine Consulting, serves a wide range of organizations from small, all-volunteer agencies to major national organizations. She regularly teaches courses in non-profit management, fundraising and grant development, both face-to-face and online at In addition to her nonprofit work, Janet brings years of experience as a business and sales manager in the for-profit sector. She has an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.

The Point Is…Success on Your Terms

She had been in her job—one she loved and did well—for a number of years.  It was time, she thought, to improve her work status. She applied for, and eventually got, a job with a better title and a nice … Continue reading

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What Kind of Fundraiser Are You?

When you find yourself at a meeting with a donor, do you ask that donor for another gift or do you ask the donor questions that will allow you to get to know him or her better? This may sound … Continue reading

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Look At Me

In Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty, loan shark Chili Palmer is always telling his “clients” to “look at me.”  It’s advice fundraisers would do well to follow, especially when they are talking to donors. Not too long ago, a client asked … Continue reading

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Stewardship Matters

When I first started doing fundraising workshops—about a decade ago—I was dismayed to discover that the most basic of all things fundraising wasn’t happening.  Indeed, at one workshop there were 35 discrete organizations represented. “How many of you,” I asked, … Continue reading

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So Maybe It IS Brain Surgery

My last post I stated, Throughout my development career—almost 30 years now—I have been reminded regularly that fundraising just isn’t brain surgery. But I’ve begun to think that maybe it is.”  One person who definitely thinks it is is Alison … Continue reading

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