Building Your Board of Advisors: Effective Career Mentoring

We talk about how mentoring is the key to a successful fundraising career, but we don’t actually teach how to do it. That changes today. In leading the 2017 AFP Leadership Academy session Building Your Board of Advisors: Effective Career Mentoring, Kenneth C. Frisch and Benjamin Mohler explore effective ways professionals can engage in mentoring as part […]

Fundraisers Toast: Raise Your Glass

In 2008, at an event honoring a colleague, I was asked to say a few words to mark the occasion. On a whim I raised my glass and offered up what I referred to as the “Fundraisers Toast.” The goal of the Fundraisers Toast is simple… be deliberate about celebrating the achievements of professional peers. In […]

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 […]

Titles for Fundraisers Revisited

Not long ago I bookmarked a blog posting by David Lawson asking the question, “philanthropy, when did it become about fundraising?” In his post on Working Philanthropy, Lawson correlates the role of fundraising and a healthy nonprofit organization to the legacy of Steve Jobs. “Fundraising is a necessary part of philanthropy, but it in no way should […]

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 […]