Category Archives: Nonprofit Boards

True Believers and Mercenaries

When I was a student teacher my senior year in college, I was trained by a first grade teacher I observed the previous year.  When I observed him in action with his students, I admired how he worked with and dealt … Continue reading

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In Praise of Small Events

Many of the people and organizations I talk to about development strategy think that fundraising is all about big events like walks, runs, and galas.  They do not seem to realize that these things take a great amount of time, … Continue reading

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Slot Machines and Fundraising

It used to be that slot machines could only be found in Nevada and Atlantic City, but over the years, as states sought more funding for their bloated budgets, more and more of them legalized some forms of gambling, and … Continue reading

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My, How Things Have Changed

Today, I had lunch with my parents at their retirement village, a weekly thing we do after church.  One of their new neighbors joined us toward the end of the meal, so I talked to him, and listened to the … Continue reading

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Use Your Network to Build Your Donor Base

In 2002, I was in the middle of my six year service as a Board member for a social service agency in Northwest Portland.  I was also job seeking after the company I worked for eliminated the department I started … Continue reading

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You Can’t Do It All For Free

I have a number of friends who are professional musicians.  Some have made it to the big time, and some make a living, but are not household names.  Some live in large metropolitan areas, others live in small towns and … Continue reading

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Payola

Back in the 50s, radio gained in popularity as a way to market music for America’s youth.   Baby-boomers discovered pop music and rock and roll, and because of post WWII prosperity, teenagers had money to spend on records and concerts.  … Continue reading

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