Campaign Volunteer Leadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

By Renee Fitzgerald   I was fortunate to host a panel discussion at the USD Governance Symposium last week with three incredible panelists: Jay Hill, CEO, Library Foundation ($185 million capital campaign) Dr. Tim O’Malley, VP External Relationship ($300 million capital campaign) Don Stump, CEO, North County Lifeline (launching a campaign)   My panel of … More Campaign Volunteer Leadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Case of the Mondays

Did you receive a raise last year? The University of San Diego reported in their 2016 State of Nonprofits publication that in 2015, there was an 18% increase of total nonprofit wages.   Sadly, if you are a fundraiser, your salary stayed flat according to the AFP Salary Survey 2015. The mean (average) salary for fundraisers … More Case of the Mondays

Less-Than-Glamorous Essentials: Overhead Myth Revisted

I like the article that The Chronicle of Philanthropy published about funders giving significant donations to nonprofit overhead or as the article calls it “less-than-glamorous essentials”. It is exciting to see that funders are giving “general operating grants — the type of flexible funding that charities seek most…” Read the full article here and revisit my Huffington Post … More Less-Than-Glamorous Essentials: Overhead Myth Revisted

Getting ‘in’ with the In-crowd: Upgrading Members to Donors

  I recently became a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Not because I live in Los Angeles or because I plan to frequent the Museum on a regular basis. However, I did want to access something special at the Museum that only members can access. My membership gave me entrance to a sold out art exhibition … More Getting ‘in’ with the In-crowd: Upgrading Members to Donors

Elevator Culture: Getting out of your comfort zone

This morning I was thinking about changing a culture. It is actually something I do for a living – changing cultures in nonprofits. It starts with the nonprofit wanting to increase their fundraising, launch a capital campaign or engage their Board further in their activities. In order to do this, often the culture of the … More Elevator Culture: Getting out of your comfort zone