Tag Archives: Major Gifts

Where Will It Go and Who Will Remember You?

I write this post, not only for my regular audience of nonprofit professionals, but also to my friends for whom this applies. Like most people, I have many friends that I have acquired over my lifetime.  I love them all … 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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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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Announcing a Donor Gift? Not so Fast!

A few years ago, after I had started my fundraising business, I read a story in the local paper that I thought would be my big break.  A local school district had decided to cut the last industrial arts automotive … Continue reading

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One Hand Washes the Other: Making Connections for a Fee

Over the years, I have come to know a number people who sold cars for a living.  Some have been friends who have taken the up the occupation, and some have been individuals who sold me vehicles.  Most of them … Continue reading

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They Did the Right Thing

When I started this series on ethics and fundraising, I stated that I would not name those individuals or organizations that violated the tenets of the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards, but I would name those that set … Continue reading

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Use as Intended

When I was a boy growing up in Illinois, one of my grandmothers always gave me underwear and socks for Christmas.  As I got older and constantly grew, the size she sent was often wrong, so she started writing a … Continue reading

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