Do you know when it’s time to step away?

As leaders we’re most successful when we lean in. When we go the extra mile. If we’re honest, that’s what energizes many of us, and it’s how we’ve grown our careers, built our personal brands, and achieved success. We’ve chosen to heavily invest (our time, talent, finances, etc.) in growing our careers and our organizations […]

18 Steps to Maximize Year-End Giving

Make the most of your Q4 fundraising efforts!

Over the next three months nonprofits will raise over 30% of their annual revenue. Some of you might even raise as much as 50% of your budget between now and year-end. With that kind of opportunity in front of you, it’s essential that you’re focused on the activities that will get you the most leverage […]

5 Culture Problems That Can Kill Your Fundraising

#3: We don't INVEST in philanthropy

If you haven’t checked out my first and second posts in the series of 5 Culture Problems That Can Kill Your Fundraising, check those out now!  This series is adapted from a presentation my good friend Derric Bakker, CEO of Dickerson Bakker & Associates gave at the 2017 Association of Gospel Rescue Missions conference. Today we’ll look […]

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 […]

5 Culture Problems That Can Kill Your Fundraising

#2: We don't master it

If you missed Culture Problem #1: We don’t own it, be sure to check it out! Here’s #2: We don’t master it… Ask any nonprofit employer & they’ll tell you that when budgets are tight, staff training and development is often the first budget item to be cut. It’s a nice to have, not a […]

5 Culture Problems That Can Kill Your Fundraising

#1: You don't own it

I was in Dallas, TX last week for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions annual convention. While there, I had the honor to co-host a two-day development and leadership workshop with my good friend, Derric Bakker of Dickerson Bakker & Associates. In this post, and the next four that I write in the coming weeks, […]