Monthly Archives: March 2014

Be Ready to Deliver What You Promise

In 2008, the jazz band at my daughter’s school had an opportunity to compete in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival held in Moscow, Idaho.  This was at a time when the economy was awful, and about half of the parents … Continue reading

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Helping a Billionaire Get Richer: Nonprofit Complicity and a Lack of Disclosure

I recently read a fascinating story in the New York Times about a hedge fund billionaire, William A. Ackman, who is attempting to destroy the company Herbalife after making a billion dollar short bet on the company.  He claims he … Continue reading

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How Did They Get My Name?

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I get a lot of inspiration from the experiences of my parents.  If you read past posts, which I encourage you to do,  you will find I have told … Continue reading

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Pay Me a Wage or a Salary, not a Percentage

A few years ago, I used to go to a monthly networking event in Portland, Oregon that was for people involved in “green” businesses and environmentally based nonprofits.  It was a good place to meet potential partners for my fundraising … Continue reading

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You Can’t Take Them with You

Not long ago, an acquaintance of mine informed me that the organization he serves as a Board member was in the market for a new Executive Director.  He told me what they were really looking for was someone with fundraising … Continue reading

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A Special Notice to my Readers

I am beginning of a series of posts dealing with the ethical standards we fundraisers and nonprofit professionals are supposed to abide by in our work with donors.  They will not be in any particular order, but my plan is … Continue reading

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Gardening and Stewardship

This has been my first real winter after living in the Northwest for 27 years.  They tell me spring is coming soon, although I’m a little wary, because it snowed again here in Northern Illinois yesterday.  If and when the … Continue reading

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