Top 10 Things I Love about Fundraising Part I

Posted on 03 August 2011

I have always thought of September as the real start of the year. I know the calendar says January is the first month, but in my life, everything has always started in September. In fact, I make my New Year’s resolutions on September 1st! Of course, I give up on them by September 15th, but […]

Is Your Non-profit More Deserving of Donations Than Others?

Posted on 26 May 2011

Recently, my son applied for a scholarship. On the questionnaire he had to fill out, he was asked why he thought he was more deserving than other students to receive this financial gift. We struggled with that question, more than any of the others, because we both know that there is always someone more “deserving” […]

Embarrassed by a Non-profit. What Would You Do Differently?

Posted on 19 May 2011

Today, I have a question for you, the StepByStepFundraising community. First, a little background: My wife is a web designer and developer. From time to time, she picks up freelance work. Occasionally, she’ll look on Craigslist for such jobs. Just recently, she came across this job posting and showed it to me. Being married to […]

What is 21st Century Fundraising?

Posted on 09 May 2011

I saw a video report recently that had the headline “Groveland’s 21st Century PTO”. I write a blog on school fundraising (TopSchoolFundraisers.com), as well as this general fundraising blog here, so I was interested in viewing this video. Basically, the report talked about one school district’s efforts to raise money for the tools that children […]

Out with the Trash? How to Live with Past Employees

Posted on 25 February 2011

Today I want to share with you one of the most powerful strategies that I ever employed in my non-profit career. I know that this won’t work in every circumstance, but it will in many. When I became the administrator at a small, private elementary school, I realized that I had taken a position that […]

Did I Really Write That? A Facebook Faux Pas…

Posted on 19 February 2011

Recently, I read a very insightful article titled Fearing What They’ll Say on Facebook on a terrific site called Kivi’s Nonprofit Communication Blog. In her article, blogger Kivi Leroux Miller wrote about the challenges non-profit organizations face in determining what is appropriate for employees and other representatives to share on the non-profit’s Facebook page or […]

Plagiarizing for a Cure. A Defense of the Komen Foundation.

Posted on 15 February 2011

Ok, so have you heard about what’s going on with the Susan G. Komen Foundation? They are one of the largest non-profit agencies in the world working to find a cure for Breast Cancer. They have raised tens of millions of dollars for research.  Obviously, they do a lot of good work. They are also […]