Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

Winston Churchill

Building your leadership cabinet

The advisers every nonprofit leader needs around their table

Every leader needs a leadership cabinet. A small group of advisers who help you be the best you possible. And who help keep you grounded, focused, and honest. In most cases these aren’t paid advisers — they’re people who know you, respect you, and are willing to be honest with you when you need that most. […]

8 ideas to raise more money from middle and major donors

Tips from Rainmaking: The Fundraiser's Guide to Landing Big Gifts

I’ve shared these 8 key ideas with over 50 nonprofits in the last two months. Over the next two months I’ll be with 30-50 more nonprofits sharing the same thoughts and tips. Chances are, your nonprofit could benefit from these key tips, as well as the full strategy in my book. Change the way you engage your middle […]

Leadership lessons from 2015

2015 was quite a year. Truth be told, it was the most challenging, most frustrating, and most energizing year of my career (so far). It was a year of significant change and immense personal growth for me as a leader. In this post I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned this year […]

Raising major gifts

For social service organizations

Today’s guest post is from my good friend and colleague, Karen Erren. As a career nonprofit executive and fundraising leader, Karen has spent more than 20 years building, growing, and leading social service organizations. She’s exactly the right person to share some valuable insights with us about raising major gifts from donors to local social service […]