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New New Year’s Resolutions—Getting Unstuck From Start

In 2009, after my first full year of consulting, I wrote on this blog about David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done. A friend had just given it to me, and I found it full of useful information.  Information that still—9 … Continue reading

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Getting Ready to Plan–Planning to Fundraise

I’m getting ready to leave for 2 weeks in Rome.  I know, it really is a tough life.  But I hate to travel.  Not going to new places. That I rather enjoy.  Not seeing new things.  That is exhilarating and … 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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Five Reasons Your Fundraising Is Failing

You never ask!  This, above all, is the single most important reason fundraising fails.  As my father always told me:  If you don’t ask, you don’t get.  But do make sure that you are asking appropriately.  Which leads us to … Continue reading

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Be A Successful Fundraiser

Fundraising, I believe, is as much of a science as an art.  Success comes with intentionality, process, attention to detail, follow up.  Yes, being personable helps—at least when you are trying to create relationships with prospects and donors.  But, truthfully, … Continue reading

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