Tag Archives: Communication

It’s Not Their Job, It’s Our Job

When I lived in Oregon, I attended a church in downtown Portland.  On a weekly basis, I saw many homeless men and women sitting in doorways with their belongings in shopping carts, panhandling for money to pay for food and … Continue reading

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Sometimes, It’s Old Methods That Work Best

Last summer, my mother had ostomy surgery.  In the following months, she developed an infection around the surgical site.  The medical professionals tried various pills, salves and lotions to get the infection to go away, but for months, their efforts … Continue reading

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Your Cause May Not be My Cause, and That’s All Right

Not every donor is going to be passionate about your cause, but the fact that they are passionate about some cause is a good start.
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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 at the time after the company I worked for eliminated the department … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Squirrels

I live in an apartment in an established, older neighborhood.  It has large trees which provides cover to a variety of birds and homes to a lot of squirrels.  Last year, I wrote about the birds that visited my bird … Continue reading

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Go With What You Know

I have to admit to a guilty pleasure.  I found out a few years ago that I like Taylor Swift as a songwriter.  I don’t own any of her recordings, and I don’t listen to the radio stations that play … Continue reading

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Dispel the Overhead Myth with Honesty

If you read the numerous nonprofit trade periodicals and various newspapers in 2013, you know that the topic of “the overhead myth” was a big one last year.   Dan Pallotta gave a  TED talk about it that went viral on … Continue reading

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