Burning Bridges, a Two-way Road

Opting to burn bridges does not give license to name, blame, and shame. We’ve all heard the adage “don’t burn your bridges.” As you leave positions for new opportunities in your career, don’t fear the specter of burning bridges. Sometimes they’re a good thing. To date, I have removed four professional colleagues from my address book, social media connections, and blocked them […]

5 Ways Fundraising is Like Baseball

Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too. – Yogi Berra As I entered my current role at Eastern Kentucky University, I knew it was important to lay the groundwork for the new team. To do this, we took a trip to the Great American Ball Park, home of […]

2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising [Preview]

Before I register for the AFP International Conference the first thing I consider is, “what do I hope to gain from this trip?” You see, for me this annual conference is more than a smorgasbord of best practice examples and how-tos. I view the conference as a way to recharge my batteries, renew my resolve, […]

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….