Browsing the blog archives for June, 2016

The 3 Most Damaging Fund Raising Myths – Part I

Note:  Over the next few posts, I will identify 3 separate fund raising myths that make us less productive.  This is Part I of III.   Fund raising myths abound.  People who have not been called into our noble profession will regularly (and perhaps disdainfully) inquire of us, “how can you ask other people for […]


From Conduit to Conductor

If you are a successful gift officer, you might view your role as a bit like a conduit – a connector that weds donor interests with the needs of your institution.  The best gift officers have carefully crafted questions and strategies designed to engage prospective donors so that deep understanding of values, beliefs, and interests […]


A Hypothetical Letter to a Non-Profit Board Member

Dear Board Member: I am back in my office having just completed our most recent Board meeting.  As I reflect on our work together in support of our institution’s mission and vision, a number of thoughts are occurring to me.  The most important of these thoughts, I believe, involve offering my sincere thanks and an […]