February 14, 2017

I’ve worked with many development professionals over the last 25 years and, overwhelmingly, the one lament I hear more than any other is that they lack money “to do things.” In other words, to move their programs from Point A to Point B, or dare we say, even Point C.

As you know, fundraising is a process that requires funds to feed the necessary infrastructure for success. With that thought in mind, our question to you, implied in the title is, If Money Were No Object, what resources would make your job easier and more effective?

As fundraising consultants, I’ve had the privilege of working with nonprofits from many different parts of the country. It’s tremendously satisfying to help passio...

January 19, 2016

It’s important that your board of directors understands how labor intensive fundraising work is. I say this because I know that the board often pushes the executive director to operate lean and mean. The problem with this is it often stops fundraising in its tracks.

Do you have “enough” fundraising staff? If you do, count yourself lucky and a rarity.

A major institution like a large university may have a fundraising staff of 75-100 people but still need 50 more to do all that is needed. A small, community-based program probably expects the executive director to handle all of its fundraising needs with little to no administrative assistance.

There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to...

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