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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 http://courses.lmlearningstation.com/. 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.

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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Fundraising–it’s not brain surgery

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.  If it isn’t, if it is something that is not very hard and doesn’t … Continue reading

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Surviving the Existential Crisis

I am, my sister wrote to me, “stuck in an existential crisis.” I know exactly what she means. I wake up each morning, dreading what the news will be.  What fresh indignity.  What calamity or threat to my core beliefs. And … Continue reading

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Think like a donor

My days are spent working with nonprofits, helping them to identify and implement ways to get new donors, keep old ones, move all donors up the fundraising pyramid, and help a select group of donors to make additional gifts.  The … Continue reading

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Meaningful Planning

A lot of my work is helping organizations develop plans.  Plans for fundraising, board development, strategic plans.  Often, I am brought in to help them figure out how to implement existing plans. What amazes me too often is what passes … Continue reading

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