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21 03, 2017

3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

By |March 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

In 2015, Bloomerang reported findings you can review by clicking here, that fewer than 20 percent of nonprofits had someone actively working major donors. I realize that many organizations simply don't have the staff to hire fundraisers dedicated to cultivating and soliciting major donors. However, every nonprofit—large or small—should be in the business of getting [...]

9 03, 2017

7 Ways to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

By |March 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

In 2015, CareerBuilder did their annual social media survey and found that 35 percent of hiring managers were less likely to interview a candidate if they couldn't find them online. And since social media is a part of most of our lives, you have to assume that will only increase in the years ahead, especially [...]

2 03, 2017

The Ventura Sunshine Ladies Club Create Therapy Dolls for Children in Need

By |March 2nd, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The Ventura Sunshine Ladies Club Create Therapy Dolls for Children in Need

People ask me sometimes how someone can get involved in doing good for someone else. It’s not difficult. There's something anyone of us can do any day of the week. I live in Orlando, and I'm privileged to know some of the members of the Ventura Sunshine Ladies Club. They're a great group of women, [...]

28 02, 2017

The Easiest Way to Manage Your Matching Gifts

By |February 28th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Easiest Way to Manage Your Matching Gifts

I've been working in the social sector for 13 years, and I've spoken to plenty of school and nonprofit executives and directors of development. There's one overlooked area of fundraising, and that's matching gifts. According to Double the Donation, here’s what’s happening: Many corporations match gifts from their employees up to $10,000; Nonprofits earn between [...]

21 02, 2017

5 Ways to Network Easily If You’re an Introvert

By |February 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Network Easily If You’re an Introvert

When I was a kid, I was quiet and a bit of an introvert. When I started out in the business world, I was an awkward 15-year-old kid who hadn't yet grown comfortable in his 6'4" frame. And although in my world today I enjoy connecting with people, speaking on the telephone (including cold calling), [...]

16 02, 2017

Snapchat Goes Public and You Need to Notice

By |February 16th, 2017|blog, branding, personal|Comments Off on Snapchat Goes Public and You Need to Notice

One of the largest IPOs will be happening soon as Snapchat’s parent company, Snap, goes public. The valuation is expected to be between $20 billion and $25 billion. In a social media universe where it's exceedingly tough to compete with the big boys, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, Snapchat has carved a niche for [...]

7 02, 2017

7 Easy Ways Protect Your Website from Hackers

By |February 7th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 7 Easy Ways Protect Your Website from Hackers

Many schools, churches, nonprofits, and schools have limited resources. A few days ago I was scrolling social media and saw in a group that a nonprofit's website was hacked. The organization helped survivors of sexual abuse. The hackers placed erectile dysfunction ads throughout it. There are things that organizations can do to prevent this, or [...]

12 01, 2017

What Do Poverty and Climate Change Have to Do with Shoes?

By |January 12th, 2017|blog, branding, personal|Comments Off on What Do Poverty and Climate Change Have to Do with Shoes?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center, Americans have a great standard of living. Yes, we do have inequality in our country. That’s a global issue as well. However, we have more wealth in this country than people living in other nations. According to global standards 56 percent of Americans are considered high income [...]

10 01, 2017

Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

By |January 10th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

Not too long ago I was speaking to a director of development at a school. Susan was excited because she had been working for two years trying to get her principal and the board started on a strategic plan. As any good fundraiser knows, a good strategic plan helps clarify fundraising goals and priorities. I [...]

3 01, 2017

A Common Core Curriculum for Teachers and A Unique Fundraiser for Schools

By |January 3rd, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on A Common Core Curriculum for Teachers and A Unique Fundraiser for Schools

Some years ago I traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. It was there that I met a woman by the name of Silvia. Before the earthquake, Silvia was living a meager existence with her son, David. She was only earning $2 a day, which is considered extreme poverty. After the natural [...]