May 12, 2020

For at least the foreseeable future and maybe even longer than that, the world has changed. 

Many nonprofits have dramatically altered the way they plan and operate. The question we’re asked almost daily is What do you think we should be doing right now? 

One thing is very clear: we all must look at this crisis from a long term, rather than short-fix perspective. It should be obvious that talking to your supporters about the same things you talked to them about 2 months (or even 2 weeks) ago is silly and misguided.

Too much has changed. 

I’ll bet you’d give just about anything right now to go back to the way things were at the beginning of March when things were “normal.” So, I thought, would...

May 15, 2015

I have a friend who has been having trouble with her boss. “We’re not connecting. I’m not sure why, but things seems to be deteriorating quickly between us.”


I asked, “Do you trust her?” My friend said, “I used to, but not any more.”


It’s a sad but true fact of life — trust is everything. Do you trust those in your own office who you sit next to or nearby 5 days a week?


Let’s reverse it. Donors give you money because they trust you. Volunteers give of their time for the same reason.  Development directors and executive directors succeed succeed because they have learned to trust each other. However, trust is a slippery thing, isn’t it?


I’d like to suggest 3 ways you can create more trusti...

August 29, 2014

I’m not saying whether they’re necessarily good or bad, only that I’m recognizing them more and more.  Some I’ll comment on; if I don’t have an opinion, I’ll just go on.

  • # — more and more memorable as time goes on;

  • Amplify – I’m hearing and seeing it more and more.  As in Amplify Your Impact;  I get a positive vibe from it;

  • Disruption – Disrupting homelessness – My opinion is that there is a negative connotation, stay away from using it;

  • Shape-shifting – I think it raises good questions about how organizations can produce social good;

  • Evidence-based practice – just now coming to fundraising to show how research backs up basic beliefs.  Adds another layer of evi...

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