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Calling Fundraising What It Is

It’s past time, I think, for a new fundraising language. We talk about annual and major gifts; gifts that are planned (as if all other gifts are randomly made), institutional giving—which usually isn’t a gift in any sense of the … Continue reading

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The Major Gift Conundrum

In fundraising, we tend to talk about “annual” and “major gifts” as if they are totally separate entities.  And sometimes they are.  Small gifts that people give year after year after year are clearly “annual” and no one confused them … Continue reading

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It’s In the Stars

One of my guilty pleasures is reading the newspaper horoscope column, checking out what is in store for me, my husband and my (adult) children.  Today, my daughter’s said, ‘without a destination, you’ll do a lot of moving but feel … Continue reading

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No More Self-Talk

We’ve always had multiple dogs.  Usually two; occasionally three.  And because my son often brings his dog over when he’s at work…or play, that number is increased by one.  So, as our older dog—Belle—turned 15 in increasingly bad health, I … Continue reading

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Doing What You Can

My first fundraising job was at a very large research university that was (and is) well known as a fundraising powerhouse.  As long as I did the right things, which was mainly taking care of my prospects and donors and … Continue reading

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