Philanthropy and Furlough

I’m writing this on the 21st day of the federal shutdown – the threshold upon which it becomes the longest one in US history. As a former federal employee and the spouse of one, I have experienced a shutdown and the even more onerous aspect, a furlough. For those who...

‘Tis the season . . . to be planning

It is the end of another year and the tree is decorated, holiday cards are on the mantle, and gifts are under the tree in many homes. But in the home of this non-profit consultant, late December is when my husband and I sit down and discuss what we hope to do in the...

Seth’s post on overhead

Social commentator Seth Godin published the following blog post today (below https://seths.blog/2018/10/non-profit-overhead/) that is worth reading. This topic that is a perennial source of disagreement in the philanthropic industry, with people feeling passionate...

Happy Philanthropy Day!

Memorial Day recognizes men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Labor Day honors the American labor movement. Veterans Day honors people who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. And National Philanthropy Day on November 15? Never heard of National...

The Last 1/10 Mile

Since I turned 40 I have run three marathons and countless shorter races. I invest in the experience by training throughout the year, watching what I eat, and building my endurance. But on race day, one thing is consistent regardless of whether it is in San Francisco,...

Woman-Owned and Proud

I noticed this article about the number of women-owned businesses in Maine falling and thought that would be a good opportunity to explain why Evergreen being woman-owned is so important to me. As the article notes, census data (which lags a bit) showed that: “The...

Summer Stewardship

One of my favorite movies is the 1957 classic, Peyton Place, which has a narrative about the changing seasons. That prompted me to write about the summer that is quickly coming to an end. In the fundraising world, this is a tough time to start new relationships or...

A Fundraiser’s Summer Reading List

There are lots of good resources available for people who are interested in learning how to become charitable fundraisers. Here are a few of my favorites:   Relationship Fundraising: A Donor Based Approach to the Business of Raising Money, by Ken Burnett. Ken is an...

People and Causes

Nonprofit organizations are important vehicles for change. Indeed, that is part of why they are accorded tax-exempt status. Some are components of a social safety net, providing food and shelter for those in need. Others are trying to advance a cause or protect...

Miss America 2.0

Last week, the Miss America Organization announced, “Miss America 2.0” – an initiative to bring big changes to the 96-year old organization. In addition to scrapping the swimsuit and evening gown aspects of the event and rebranding as a competition (versus a pageant),...