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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 at the time after the company I worked for eliminated the department … Continue reading

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If You Want Business Support For Your Organization, Meet People in Business

I have talked to a lot of organizations over the past few years.  I have had informational interviews, job interviews, and some general conversations about organizational fundraising.  Topics of conversation generally centered around things like grant writing, major gifts, and … Continue reading

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Procurement for Auction Events: My Thoughts and Experience

Many nonprofit organizations, if not most, have fundraising events that have an auction included.  If you read my first blog, “If It is Spring, It must be Event Season”, you will note how many were held on a single day.  … Continue reading

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If It is Spring it must be Event Season

While reading through the CNRG Daily Digest recently, one post caught my eye. http://cnrg-portland.org/content/saturday-april-14th-most-popular-fundraising-date-2012-ten-events Elisa Klein, Editor of PortlandSocietyPage.com posted that there were ten fundraising events scheduled for April 14, of which seven were dinner/gala/auction events. Over the many years … Continue reading

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