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.
This afternoon I read an article about The Pittsburgh Foundation’s efforts to pressure Kimbia into making restitution for the disastrous crash of their system on the national Day of Giving a few weeks ago. For those of you who aren’t aware, Kimbia’s system is the back-end giving solution that many community foundations use to solicit and […]
I’m going to rant for a minute here. Over the last six months I’ve explored more than five dozen nonprofit development operations, and in many ways I’ve been disappointed at what I’ve seen. That’s not to say that these programs are failures, or that the people in these organizations aren’t doing good and meaningful work. […]
If you’re like the dozens of other fundraisers I know, chances are you’re pretty busy these days. But you still want to be learning and sharpening your skills too. Here’s a quick roundup of 7 of my most popular posts from the last 30 days. These posts cover employee engagement, strategic planning, donor retention, online […]
Maybe you saw this headline in The Chronicle of Philanthropy last Friday: Charities Lost 103 Donors For Every 100 Donors They Gained in 2014, Says Study. Nonprofits are right to focus on donor retention. It is significantly cheaper to retain a donor than it is to acquire a new one. I think it’s equally valuable […]
Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter coined the phrase, The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. I was reminded of this recently when a friend who is a Chief Development Officer shared with me that she and her team are struggling to make their major gift program work. This one surprised me because it seems […]