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 […]

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 […]

Pull Up a Chair – Seating Strategies

“All around the mulberry bush the monkey chased the weasel…” Cue second grade: You marched to the music, round and round the circle, strategically eyeing your classmates and waiting for your teacher to raise the record player’s needle (those born after 1985). The music stopped. You scrambled for a chair — any chair — to […]

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.

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.