May 27, 2013

Hi there. It’s Simone, your information curator. Have you seen / read these? You might find them reaffirming or informative. You might use them with your executive director or board.

  • New! I want something new. Read Tom Ahern’s e-news about “new” and other variations like (secret and insider and launch and…) But also read Seth Godin when he talks about “neophilia.” And check out Jeff Brooks’ reprise. The bottom line: What works matters more than what is new.
  • Now here’s an amusing little tale for your board members who “don’t like your fundraising.” It’s the story of Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss…translated into fund development. It actually goes along with the opinion versus expertise issue.
  • I just received my copy of the Donor Retention Project. Action guides. 12 interviews on 6 CDs. 2 CDs with mp3 and pdf files. Advice from Adrian Sargeant, Marc Pitman, Lisa Sargent, Simone Joyaux… Good stuff.
  • I just finished this book by Dan Ariely: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves. I liked it. I learned. It’s part of professional development to learn about life and community and the economy (yes), etc.
  • Another by the way, based on Dianna’s blog: Subscribe to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. And, read Jen Shang‘s work about social proof. Jen is the world’s first PhD in philanthropy – and the world’s only philanthropic psychologist.
  • And finally: Check out Bloomerang if you need a donor database. Designed with Adrian Sargeant’s donor loyalty and lifetime value research. Coupled with Tom Ahern’s donor communications expertise. And the ease and intuitiveness of iPad and iPhones.


About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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