Tag Archives: Relationships

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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You Need to Love What You Do

Not long ago, the world of baseball, the city of Chicago, and I lost the amazing Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, a few days short of his 84th birthday. Ernie’s passing was a big loss for me personally, because he was … 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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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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Going Out of Business

When I was in college, I spent a few days of my sophomore year spring break visiting my future brother-in-law who was going to med school in New York City.  It was my first time in the Big Apple,  so Dave … 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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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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