Simone Uncensored

February 19, 2019

Gave online – or paid online ???

There’s a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m tired of hearing about giving through the internet or through social media or…. is increasing. Do you mean “PAID ONLINE” or “SOLICITED AND GIFT GIVEN THRU ONLINE ACTIVITIES”.

I just loved your print donor newsletter. Loved that article about what ME and other donors like me did… And so I rushed to my computer and sent you a gift through the your website. (And then I visited Amazon and bought a book.)

Your direct mail (PRINTED!) made me really angry — which was what you wanted to happen. And the outside of the envelope made me open it immediately. I ranted all the way to my computer and made a gift through your really cool giving button.

OR

You periodically send out really cool little videos about the kitties. Your most recent one was so hysterical that I clicked on the link and made a gift.

There’s a big difference!!!!! REALLY BIG!!!!!! Quit conflating the two. JUST STOP IT NOW!

And work hard to distinguish and count PAYING ONLINE or GIVING IN RESPONSE TO THE ONLINE SOLICITATION.

YES THIS MATTERS….. LOTS!!!

 

February 17, 2019

Voluntary ranting!!! for the common good!!!!!

I’m so excited. My podcast with Cathy Mann.

Subscribe to Cathy’s FREE podcast series.

Visit Cathy’s homepage, too.

Filed under: Leadership

February 15, 2019

Work hard. Play harder.

You work like you think you’ll finish. But you’re never going to finish.

WOW! Thanks for sharing that, Sharon Floyd, CEO at Interim Place, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Speaking at Happy YOU Year conference.)

I need to remind myself of that: My work will never finish. Philanthropy as my life’s work will never end for me. Even at my death, those bequests will keep giving.

And there’s always more work to do. So take a deep breath, Simone. I (and you all, too!) have permission to rest.

In fact, as Sharon noted…. work hard and play harder.

And I’d add – as a reminder to myself: There is always more work. In order to keep doing this work, I have to play – harder than now, for sure!! (How about you?)

We’re never going to finish the good work. So take of ourselves. There will always be more work to be done.

Filed under: Leadership

February 11, 2019

Making change in the world

Creating better business value…. Creating better nonprofit value….

Imagine if lots of nonprofits followed what California Green Academy (CalGreen) does to operate its business. (And gosh, just imagine if for-profits behaved this way??!!! WOW!!!!)

I’ll turn back to the nonprofit sector. And the wonderful nonprofits fighting so hard for justice and good ROI and and and….

Hey you nonprofits….Take a look at the Triple Bottom Line... The triple bottom line… an accounting framework with 3 parts: social, environmental (ecological), and financial. And systems thinking. YES! Systems thinking. Read all about it in my book Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships That Last, 3rd edition. (There’s so much more to fundraising than just the asking part…than just the fundraising part…There’s the systems thinking part!!!

Try the CalGreen approach — Using various existing global documents to develop nonprofit corporate policies. How about these:

Why bother to write our own policies for our nonprofits? Our nonprofits can adopt these UN policies – or adopt with some edits. Hey nonprofits worldwide… Let’s be leaders. We can be leaders for the for-profit sector, too.

Hey. Here’s a question: Has your country (or mine) agreed to these – and ratified them by your country’s (or my country’s) legislature/congress/appropriate body?

Hmmm…….

 

February 4, 2019

More leadership quotes

From dear Tim Burchill….

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Leo Tolstoy

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” Donald A. Adams, 15th president of Rotary International

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despite him. But…of a good leader…who talks little when his work is done…his aim is fufilled. They will say: ‘We did it ourselves.'” Lao-Tse

And the email ended with “Happy New Year!”

Thank you dearest, Tim.

Filed under: Leadership

January 28, 2019

You know I just love quotations!!!

I’ve been collecting quotes since forever. And I often share them in my blogs and books and handouts and…

So I was going through old files and notes the other day. And came across an email to me, dated 12-28-2006. From my dear friend and colleague Tim Burchill. I know that many of you knew Tim.

That day, Tim sent me an email with leadership quotes. In the text of the email, he says “Beliefs about Ethical and Effective Leadership.”

And here is what Tim shared:

  • “Leadership is one of the things you cannot delegate. You either exercise it or abdicate it.” Robert Goizueta, former CEO, Coca Cola
  • “When you become a leader, you lose the right to think about yourself.” Reverend Gerald Brooks, Tony Cooke Ministries.
  • “People don’t at first follow worthy causes. They follow worthy leaders who promote worthwhile causes.” John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Thank you, dear Tim.

 

Filed under: Leadership

January 14, 2019

Oh my gosh! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Watch this video. Show this to your board. Share the video with your staff.

Maybe if everyone in the sector sent this video to every single foundation and corporation…. And the GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!! And even some of those individual donors. Hmmm….

Click here: WHAT IF PIZZA SHOPS WERE FUNDED LIKE NONPROFITS?

Maybe have this on a big screen scroll in the lobby of your organization. Maybe send this to every single taxpayer in your town, city, province, state. (I know. I’m getting carried away.)

Thanks, Bloomerang for sharing this MARVELOUS VIDEO and everything else you do all the time. Love you.

January 7, 2019

Hard Skillls and Soft Skills

Make sure you know the difference. Make sure you know how important soft skills are.

Hey out there….fundraisers and fundraiser bosses… Check this out: Hiring effective sales people requires identifying the soft skills and traits that are fundamental to success. WOW. I soooooo thought of fundraising.

What to ask a candidate: “What motivates you as a sales profession?” 2 columns. Good answers (Go Green!!)    Potential red flags…

And those potential red flags sound so much like bad fundraising:

“The thrill of closing a deal keeps me coming back….I’m driven to come out in first place every quarter and to really maximize….I’ll do whatever it takes to grow our customer base. I won’t take ‘no’ for an answer!” This is not, actually, good motivation. This is quite questionable.

Have you ever heard talk like this in fundraising? Has your boss ever told you something like this: “You didn’t talk about us? You spent 2 hours with the donor and didn’t tell her why we need money and what for? If you ever do that again, I’ll fire you.”

I just love those initials WTF…. I mean really.

Really. I really mean, read this thing about motivation and inspiration and…. Click here now. Then think about your organization.

 

 

 

January 3, 2019

Sophia and The Princess Bride

Once upon a time, there was a young girl (5 years old) named Sophia.

Sophia and her mom were watching the movie The Princess Bride.

In this one scene: Our hero Westley – and his beloved Princess Buttercup – flee through an icky landscape with many icky things chasing and snatching and and … Buttercup is mostly kinda shrieking and fluttering and doing all those icky things attributed to “girls” – that real girls (#LikeAGirl) actually don’t do so much.

Over and over, Westley rescues Buttercup from dasdardly evildoers and gruesome monsters.

Sophia is squealing and cheering as the story progresses. But…

Sophia finally jumps up and actually yells at Princess Buttercup. “Stop waiting for Westley to help you. Quit screaming and fight!”

After the story ends – of course, happily – Sophia invents a new game to play with her mom. But Sophia makes a slight variation.

“Mommy, you play Westley and I’m Buttercup. And don’t rescue me. I can rescue myself!” 

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That’s my kind of girl, woman, female…person.

Read this delightful book. Watch this cool movie. Cult status.

Check out William Goldman: American novelist, playwright, screenwriter. (Died 11-16-18.) Some of his other work: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Marathon Man.  A Bridge Too Far. All the President’s Men (Adaptation of the Bernstein/Woodward book). And so much more.

And for the writers out there, here’s what Goldman said…. “Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before. And although you are physically by yourself, the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of ever getting it right. No matter how diamond-bright your ideas are dancing in your brain, on paper they are earthbound.” [William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade.]

December 13, 2018

Will your kids earn more than you earn?

The Opportunity Atlas … social mobility data.

The USA has been justly proud …. for decades …. that “kids earn more than their parents earned.” You know…. Every generation has a better life.

But that’s not true anymore. The change began happening in the 1980s. Now it’s possible to “trace the roots of today’s affluence and poverty back to the neighborhoods where people gew up.”

“See where and for whom opportunity has been missing and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty.”

Wow. That’s one hell of a promise. You and me… Our communities… Our charities… Our beloved philanthropic sector… And even our governments!!!! can help fix this.

I’m looking athe map right now. It’s not pretty. It’s not even acceptable. Income? Highest household income on the scale = $56,000. Lowest = $23,000.

What else to say? Please check this out, you USers.

 

Filed under: Research, Resources

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