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),...

The Yugo Principle

Do you remember the Yugo, or am I dating myself? Back in the mid-late 1980s, it was an inexpensive low-frills car. It actually originated in Serbia as the Zastava Koral and was then marketed in the US as the Yugo. People made fun of it because it was so . . . basic,...

Trends in Philanthropy 2018

Inside Philanthropy published its Philanthropy Forecast recently (https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2018/1/7/philanthropy-forecast). I am paraphrasing their excellent analysis, but here are my key take-aways – you may want to read it for yourself: Gains in the...

International Due Diligence for American Non-Profits

A non-profit client recently contacted me to share the good news that a major donor was prepared to donate a substantial amount to help address political instability issues in an African nation. After congratulating them, I had to spend a bit of time helping them...

Private Sector Solutions for Public Sector Problems

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated areas of the Caribbean and Florida, arguably made their most substantial impact on Puerto Rico, which to date still does not have reliable electrification and is sorely in need of other basis utilities and functionality. The...