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2014 Reflections: Max out Your Fundraisers

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I know every nonprofit aims to get maximum impact from every fundraiser. But here’s the reality check: too many organizations could make so much more of their fundraising efforts. I know.As a nonprofit consultant, board member and concerned local citizen, I attend a lot of charity events. What I observe too often are missed opportunities for a stronger take-away from an event. As fundraiser extraordinaire Jennifer McCrea puts it, you want to leave your guests with…See More
Friday
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Keys To Keeping Recurring Donors

In this season of giving thanks, remember your recurring donors. Those individuals truly are your nonprofit’s partners. Their ongoing support – even when a monthly donation is four figures, including cents – is vital.Why the shout-out for recurring donors? Like any relationship that feels secure, recurring donors can be…See More
Nov 28
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Board Competence: Putting It All Together

It’s a busy fall of workshops and conferences for me. I’ve been hearing inspiring speakers and meeting accomplished, savvy experts. I’m enjoying a season of learning and networking. About now it’s time to synthesize themes and messages for big ideas that come through. Here are some issues and aims in my sightsRaising the Board BarGreater board competence – we know that’s always a goal. And it’s not to say every board is plagued by dysfunction. More so, it’s about pushing for better, stronger,…See More
Nov 14
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Getting Fresh Blood on Your Board

Although I write in the season of ghoulish fun, there’s no holiday “spirit” lurking in this blog. By “fresh blood” I mean bringing on younger board members – not a token one or two, but developing a mindset and method for achieving greater age balance as a rule. I’ve talked often about board composition and urged organizations to think ahead on board demographics. This month I’m also inspired by a recent BoardSource conference I attended in Washington, D.C., which I’ll discuss in detail in my…See More
Oct 27
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What I Learned This Summer

Remember that infamous writing assignment on the first days of school, the one that nudged you to recount summer activities and what you learned? That simple phrase –what I learned this summer – has come to mind for me on numerous occasions as I apply my BoardSource training experience from July. Three lessons in particular stand out.Process MattersOne lesson popped up recently as I read about controversial gifts from a controversial pair of donors, the Koch brothers. I’m not about to comment…See More
Aug 20
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The Ugly Stick

It’s not what you think.If you had to guess – chances are, you still would not know.It’s actually just a marketing ploy, a clever, memorable name for an affordable fishing rod, but in the hands of Griffin, one of our children at the residential treatment center in Rhinebeck, its a mark of normalcy, a souvenir of childhood, like old football helmets, Legos and in-line skates that will probably wind up in his attic when he’s grown, to be found and wondered about by his own kids.…See More
Jul 21
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Volunteering: Put Why First

I often do presentations for community groups on networking and other topics that fit my expertise. Generally I’m good at estimating a presentation’s timing and flow. Rarely am I really surprised. But it happens – and it did, just recently.It started with the topic of volunteering.From my work with nonprofits, I know that…See More
May 30
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Give and Get

My blog readers receiving my new Dashboard (more about that below) may recall that I recently presented at the second-annual Speed Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations in Manhattan. My topic was “Fundraising through Special Events.”First, I want to give kudos to the sponsors, The Foundation Center and Association of Nonprofit…See More
May 6
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Making the Case for Board Education – With Heavy Hitter Help

Okay, so I don’t mean to be an I-told-you-so, but I cheered at recent news that GuideStar, the respected information source on nonprofits, is collaborating with BoardSource, the expert on all things board-related, to include “essential board leadership practices” in GuideStar’s organizational profiles.Nonprofits will have…See More
Apr 1
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Giving Boards A Helping Hand

I’ve been addressing board issues and needs in my recent blogs. It’s not that the board is the only entity that…See More
Feb 27
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Reach Out and Retain A Donor

Remember that old AT&T slogan, reach out and touch someone? It’s come to mind lately as I’ve been making phone calls to donors as a board member of a Hudson Valley nonprofit. Yes, full disclosure for first-time readers: the board practices I recommend are ones I know have merit as a nonprofit strategist and from firsthand use.My purpose is to thank donors for giving. As I’ve stated before, I’m a firm believer that thanking donors is key to retaining them. I also advocate building…See More
Feb 3
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Nov 10, 2010

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Your business type:
Nonprofit Strategist
Types of products or services offered:
Specialties: Nonprofit Board Development, Donor Relations & Communications, Fund Development, Individual Giving & Strategic Planning.
About Me:
My consulting work in the nonprofit world keeps me on the move as an authentic participant and candid advisor to clients. These experiences enable me to bring firsthand knowledge, fresh thinking and focused energy to every project.

I take a wide-angle lens to clients’ challenges. My solutions are grounded in the realities of what works and what’s required for successful fundraising, solid board development and strong relationships with donors.

Friends and colleagues call me a networker by nature (fact: I was linked up before Linked In) and a “we can do better” catalyst for every cause. I’m always happy to prove them right.
If your nonprofit is looking to boost its bottom line – and what organization isn’t? – reach out and let's talk.
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2014 Reflections: Max out Your Fundraisers

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:03am 0 Comments

Let’s start with a disclaimer. I know every nonprofit aims to get maximum impact from every fundraiser. But here’s the reality check: too many organizations could make so much more of their fundraising efforts. I know.

As a nonprofit consultant, board member and concerned local citizen, I attend a lot of charity events. What I observe too often are missed opportunities for a stronger take-away from an event. As fundraiser extraordinaire Jennifer McCrea puts it, you want to leave your…

Continue

Keys To Keeping Recurring Donors

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 3:57pm 0 Comments

In this season of giving thanks, remember your recurring donors. Those individuals truly are your nonprofit’s partners. Their ongoing support – even when a monthly donation is four figures, including cents – is vital.

Why the shout-out for recurring donors? Like any relationship that feels…

Continue

Board Competence: Putting It All Together

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:17pm 0 Comments

It’s a busy fall of workshops and conferences for me. I’ve been hearing inspiring speakers and meeting accomplished, savvy experts. I’m enjoying a season of learning and networking. About now it’s time to synthesize themes and messages for big ideas that come through. Here are some issues and aims in my sights

Raising the Board Bar

Greater board competence – we know that’s always a goal. And it’s not to say every board is plagued by dysfunction. More so, it’s…

Continue

Getting Fresh Blood on Your Board

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 6:24pm 0 Comments

Although I write in the season of ghoulish fun, there’s no holiday “spirit” lurking in this blog. By “fresh blood” I mean bringing on younger board members – not a token one or two, but developing a mindset and method for achieving greater age balance as a rule. I’ve talked often about board composition and urged organizations to think ahead on board demographics. This month I’m also inspired by a recent BoardSource conference I attended in Washington, D.C., which I’ll discuss in…

Continue

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