Upcoming Presentations – #MCHConf

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be presenting two sessions at the upcoming Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless annual conference. This year I’ll be presenting on Raising Major Gifts for Homeless Service Organizations, and Creating Effective Fundraising Offers.

Both sessions will help fundraisers in the homeless services / domestic poverty space to more effectively identify, engage, and solicit high value donors…and ultimately raise more money for their causes!

If you lead a homeless service org in Minnesota or fundraise for one and aren’t yet registered for this conference, there’s still time to sign up! Use this link to register.

And when you attend one of my sessions, you’ll also get a free copy of my book, Rainmaking.

I hope to see you there!

 

If your fundraising agency does this, fire them.

Yesterday I was advising a friend who is Executive Director at an organization I’m very fond of. I was shocked at a recommendation she received from her fundraising agency. It went something like this… “Don’t send a summer direct mail appeal because it’s too expensive. We think direct mail works for big nonprofits, but small […]

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference 2017

I had the honor of speaking last year at the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless’ annual conference. It was an extra special experience because my daughter Isabelle joined me for the day — and the conversations we had about the root causes of poverty and homeless on the drive home were amazing.

The 2017 MCH conference happens again this September, and I’m excited to share fundraising strategies and recommendations with dedicated professionals fighting poverty and homelessness once again!

You meet the coolest people in airports!

Caught up with Georgia’s Representative John Lewis on the train at the airport in Atlanta last week.

We had a bit of a train ride from the B gates to the F gates (and if you fly in or out of ATL, you know that’s a decent trip!), and Rep. Lewis was kind enough to let me bend his ear about the condition of people living in poverty across the U.S. We spoke briefly about how federal policy impacts people in the lowest economic classes in the country, and I asked him to keep fighting for those who have the least. I was encouraged by how humble and kind he is, and how willing he was to have this conversation!

Fighting hunger and poverty with great friends!

Loved spending the week in Chicago at the #FeedingAmerica conference with Russ Reid’s Food Bank leadership team. We had a great week of marketing, fundraising, and communications conversations with food bank leaders from across North America. And, we had an extra special opportunity to impact the local Chicago community at the same time.