Titles for Fundraisers Revisited

businessman sitting sofa question mark over head

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

Musical Chairs

“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 […]

Now Hiring: AFP Director of Annual Giving

AFP Foundation for Philanthropy

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

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.

Importance of getting the basics right

Just finished listening to the latest podcast from Fundraising is Beautiful entitled Back from the brink: How a sick organization got better. It is over twenty-six minutes, but the first ten is worth it. In discussing how he addressed the dreaded death spiral of an ineffective fundraising strategy, Chris Doyle, President and CEO of American […]