This semester I am co-teaching a graduate course in Nonprofit Fundraising with my colleague, Dr. Bob Grimm, who is the Director of the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. One of the books we are using for the course is The Generosity Network, which I highly recommend. One of the themes of the book is that when donors are engaged … [Read more...] about Storytelling & Fundraising
This blog is dedicated to the first wave of Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964) who will turn 70 years old in 2016. Are you ready for them? Much has been written about the importance of organizations getting ready for the Boomers to retire – such as my recent blog. But are you ready in other ways? The Baby Boomers represent what will be the healthiest and wealthiest retirement … [Read more...] about Boom! Are You Ready for the Boomers?
What common ground can a rabbi, an imam, a priest, and a minister find about philanthropy especially when the conversation is moderated by Washington Post super journalist, Sally Quinn? As it turns out – a lot. The question posed to this 2015 Bridge Conference panel of clergy representing three of the world's great religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, was "What impact … [Read more...] about Faith & Philanthropy
In her excellent book, Engaging Your Board in Fundraising, Kathy Hedge first points out six significant mistakes nonprofits make when they attempt to get volunteers engaged in fundraising. She developed this list through interviews with nearly 50 nonprofit leaders from across the country: *We forget that board members are volunteers. They are busy and don’t live the … [Read more...] about How to Get Your Board to Fundraise
Entrepreneurs – whether they are for-profit or not-for-profit focused – have this question as one of their main challenges. Many for-profit entrepreneurs come up with a new, cool product or service – but there is no market. There is no one who will actually pay for it. The not-for-profit entrepreneurs are fantastic at coming up with new, innovative programs that will make … [Read more...] about Who Will Pay For It?