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17 10, 2017

How YOUR Nonprofit Can Master Visual Storytelling

By |October 17th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|0 Comments

According to ISPO News, we make approximately 10,000 decisions a day, and "products that evoke emotions always win." Humans base 90 percent of their decisions on emotion, which when you think about it is an astounding statistic. Nonprofits have a distinct advantage over for-profit businesses in offering their donors a lot of what they need [...]

12 10, 2017

What You Can Do with 15 of the Best Quotes for Nonprofit Board Inspiration

By |October 12th, 2017|blog, development, news|0 Comments

Not too long ago I was talking with a nonprofit fundraiser who was telling me about his board. I've been involved in the philanthropic sector for over a decade, and I've spoken to many executive directors and fundraisers. Often, when there's discussion about a group's board of directors, there's a tone of exasperation or frustration. [...]

10 10, 2017

10 Questions To Ask Yourself for Nonprofit Innovation

By |October 10th, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

There’s a famous tech story about Steve Jobs related to innovation. One day he walked up to a developer’s desk and he placed a manila envelope on it. Then he said to the developer, “Make me a computer that fits in that.” What came out of that moment? The Macbook Air. Your Manila Envelope I’ve [...]

21 09, 2017

How to Use Social Listening for Your Nonprofit Brand

By |September 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on How to Use Social Listening for Your Nonprofit Brand

By now, you’re steeped in social media, which is an essential ingredient of your digital marketing for your nonprofit. But as with everything in life, you have to get a little deeper into the details. The paramount rule for nonprofit fundraisers is to create and develop relationships with their donors and supporters. As the adage [...]

19 09, 2017

How Would You Thank A Donor Who Gave You $1 Million?

By |September 19th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on How Would You Thank A Donor Who Gave You $1 Million?

A few weeks ago I was on a telephone call with my team and a strategic partner, and we were talking about the changes that are happening (and need to occur) in philanthropy. I brought up a story that happened to a friend of mine, “Jaxson,” and I would like to share it with you [...]

7 09, 2017

What Questions Should You Ask If You’re Donating to Charity?

By |September 7th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on What Questions Should You Ask If You’re Donating to Charity?

Have you ever wondered what questions you should ask of a charity if you’re going to make a gift to them? A small number of donors take the time or the effort to make a considered and thoughtful gift to a nonprofit, but I think more of us should be doing a little more due [...]

5 09, 2017

A New Chapter with the Forbes Business Development Council

By |September 5th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on A New Chapter with the Forbes Business Development Council

Last week I received great news that I’d like to share with you because of my supporters, including my team, who are the reason I have some great news to report to you. I was accepted into the Forbes Business Development Council, which is an invitation-only community for senior level sales and business executives. I [...]

31 08, 2017

How You Can Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey

By |August 31st, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on How You Can Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey

As I'm writing this in my office, I see images of people young and old, walking through floods with all of their worldly possessions in bags on small boats or being carried in their hands. Some also take their dogs and cats in their arms. I've seen news footage of seniors sitting in nursing homes [...]

24 08, 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion

By |August 24th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Follow Your Passion

Not too long ago someone wanted to know if she should follow her passion and teach, or take the "comfortable" job that was offered to her. My reply was simply this, "Did you know that adjunct professors make about $22,000 a year? Can you live on that?” “No,” she said. "So that might be your [...]

17 08, 2017

What Are You Doing with Your One and Precious Life?

By |August 17th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on What Are You Doing with Your One and Precious Life?

As another summer will soon be drawing to a close, and as we get ready for a busy time of year, I'm grateful. I came across an old poem the other day called "The Summer Day" by Mary Oliver, and I want to share part of it here with you. Tell me, what else should [...]