Last fall (2012), I was lucky enough to participate in San Diego Social Venture Partners, Advance! San Diego 2012 where 10 San Diego nonprofits competed in an electrifying competition for $50,000 in cash and in-kind services. As a mentor, I was paired up with a nonprofit who needed to develop a 180-second pitch to effectively… More Pitch! Can you effectively pitch your nonprofit in 180 seconds?
When your hand is out asking for donations, it is always nice to have a beautiful letter to express why you need donations and how a donor can help your organization. These beautifully crafted letters take time and creativity to author. To give you a head start, I’m posting my sample donation letter to give… More Sample donation request letter and donation card
“We just can’t find good development directors, and when we do make a hire, they don’t perform well or they leave too soon!” In the past six months, I have had a couple of nonprofits approach me to reconfigure their development departments. Both have had an absence of a Director of Development for over a… More Gone Fundraiser.
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If I have a success in my life and no one is around to see it, hear about it or celebrate it with me, does this success resonate as much with me? … More Do you have a witness to your life?
I am reposting this blog from a colleague, Mark Fackler, who wrote a very candid and intriguing post about his personal fudnraising over a course of a year. The original post is here and below. In my mid-twenties, I developed a motto for my life that was “face your fear.” Over the years, after much… More Conquering the Fear of Asking
Trust is eroding. Public figures are more public than they ever have been, due to the expanding nature of social media and the news cycles. Everything they do is shared, documented, questioned, discussed. And they’re lying. Blatantly. I’m not talking about political rhetoric or grand, un-achievable promises. I’m talking about specific actions that are knowingly… More Guest Blog Post: The Erosion of Trust