Category Archives: fundraising

What We Talk About When We Talk About Money

Money.  Some people will say that the love of it is the root of all evil.  Others think it is the major measure of success.  Many of us, and I do count myself in this group, have a difficult relationship … Continue reading

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For what it is worth

When I started consulting more than a decade ago, I went from having a fair size staff to call on to having…..no one but me.  It was a bit of a shock to my system, and it took me time … Continue reading

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WHAT MATTERS TO DONORS

When I meet people who work at nonprofits—and, as a nonprofit consultant, most of the people I meet work at nonprofits—they generally describe their organizations by telling me about their programming and giving me a blow-by-blow account of what happens … Continue reading

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Creating a Planned Giving (and other charitable giving) council

My CPA friend tells me how shocked he is that most of his clients don’t maximize their charitable giving deductions.  More to the point, he is surprised at what a cruddy job of soliciting most nonprofits do. The problem, of … Continue reading

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Objectives versus Activities

In my online grants class, students often get confused between objectives—what we are trying to accomplish—and activities—the way (how) we will accomplish our objectives.  It’s an important difference, and has huge implications for things like evaluation plans (how we assess our … Continue reading

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