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 […]

2011 AFP NC Philanthropy Conference

This entry provides links to presentation materials referenced during my August 11, 2011 session at the 7th Annual AFP NC Philanthropy Conference in Durham, North Carolina. My session, International Perspectives to Inform Our Best Practices, explores the context for philanthropy and charity for international cultures such as those in Africa, Asia and Latin America and helps us reconsider our best practice models in light of a diverse perspective.

Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing – breathing new life into planned giving [Book Review]

If you’re like me, the term “planned gift” immediately conjures up visions of accountants, lawyers, and financial planners gathered around a large table stacked to the ceiling with superfluous paperwork situated in a musty building not far from a nursing home.

Morbid? Yes. Accurate? No.