Now Hiring: AFP Director of Annual Giving

Occasionally, folks send me job descriptions to seek assistance in finding an ideal candidate. A few days ago, Suzan Weihofen from the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, sent the following listing for the AFP Director of Annual Giving. Considering this is a fundraising position associated with a fundraising member organization, this is guaranteed as a very unique opportunity. To Apply: Send cover […]

4 Problems With Giving Tuesday & How to Address Them

Address these four issues for your organization so you can rise above the noise of Giving Tuesday, and make the donor experience necessary, memorable, sustainable, and impactful. The four problems with Giving Tuesday are that:
1) Many nonprofits don’t offer any extra incentive for donors to act compared to any other day,
2) Outside of the actual donation, non-profit requests don’t make meaningful linkages back to the season of giving,
3) Aside from increasing requests and leveraging the increased attention, organizations don’t make it any easier to take action compared to other days,
4) Unlike Black Friday “doorbusters” and Cyber Monday “coupon codes,” Giving Tuesday gifts will not have any more impact than normal.

Thoughts on Future and Current Board Members

If you want to encourage a board culture that seeks out authoritative sources to help inform their governance role, you may want to consider giving a board member an article, blog post, or book (either physically, or on loan through an e-reader). Ask them to summarize the text at a future meeting. Here are some recommended resources….

Social Media WIN – Authenticity in Action

In an earlier post I outlined an example of a social media failure. In that example I related how I was contacted by somebody that wanted to add me to their professional network. Following this experience I thought it only fair to give equal attention to an example of a social media success story.

Thank You Montreal: An AFP Leadership Academy Reflection

Part of what helps fundraisers be effective at their job is the ability to identify and empathize with donors. AFP conferences are always a great opportunity to network with fundraising peers across the world, catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, and take in some continuing education. In addition to the professional development opportunities, AFP conferences are give me a chance to see new sights, try new things, and interact with new cultures.