Category Archives: development programs

Be SMART About Your Development Director

“I don’t want to whine,” my client said as soon as I said hello, “But, can I whine?” Sure. What’s a coach for?   But she didn’t whine. She just asked a really reasonable question: How can I do a good … Continue reading

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On Being a Development Director

Working with many different nonprofit organizations as I do, I get to see a wide range of development director jobs.  Mostly, when I read the job description or talk to the person in the job, I can only shake my … Continue reading

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Development Dysfunction

A just released report from Compass Point, Underdeveloped, A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising relates—unsurprisingly—that fundraising and fundraisers are not experiencing success.  Moreover, nonprofit leaders are unhappy with the people they hire, who in turn, are not happy … Continue reading

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Commitment

A long time ago, when I was the Dean for External Affairs at Pasadena City College my president used to comment how we should contact the president of USC and ask him how “he” raised the many millions of dollars … Continue reading

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Crisis Fundraising

Many years ago, I managed a bookbindery.  The line jobs were both boring and low paying, and many of the workers could have/should have been doing more. “I’m going to go back to school,” one of them told me.  “Then … Continue reading

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