Nonprofit Fundraising-Fund Development

February 12, 2018

Cool stuff

Do you know CharityChannel – and its press?

You should. I think CharityChannel Press is publishing more fundraising / nonprofit sector books than anyone else these days. And pretty cool titles, too! For example: 50 Asks in 50 Weeks. Fundraising for….Churches…Museums…Hospitals and…(Separate books!) The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook. Storytelling in the Digital Age. Opening the Door to Major Gifts. And so many many more! Just take a look!

CharityChannel Press published my book Firing Lousy Board Members. Have you read it? You probably should. All about boards and board members and making sure you don’t have to fire them. [In fact, just carry the book around in front of your board and board members… And maybe they’ll be curious and choose to learn and you can help them!]

And how about this…. CharityChannel’s Masters of Fundraising Summit. On line for your convenience. Reduced price for your wallet. And good presenters for your learning!

Are you continuously learning? What’s on your bookshelf? What are you reading?

January 29, 2018

Deciding how much money we can raise

The boss and board want a 10% increase in charitable gifts. The CFO says an annual 15% increase is required. And on and on.

STUPID   DUMB   SILLY   EVEN STUPIDER   EVEN   DUMBER…

Read this great blog from Veritus Group: “The Unrealistic Expectations of Management,” by Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels. Then show it to all those people. Boss. Board of Directors. Finance Committee. CFO. Development Committee. Anyone else?

Now read my blog (Simone Uncensored), “Setting your charitable contributions goal,” October 12, 2015.

How long do we have to fight these stupid, dumb, silly battles? When will we get good enough at explaining and enabling? When will those others get smart enough to understand?

 

 

December 13, 2017

VERY VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

NOT A fundraising request. NOT an emergency.

BUT… You doing this could help our profession and you and others and and…..

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY about ETHICS!!! ………….. How do YOU make ethical decisions? …………………

A doctoral student at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (U.K.) is conducting this research. The Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy is led by Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang. This center leads academic research in FUNDRAISING. Fundraising…the work that you and I damn well better do better at doing!!!

Bad news: Will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. I know that’s lots of time. But maybe drink a glass of wine while you do the survey? Or eat caramels,  like I do.

PLEASE PLEASE… Your participation makes a difference. YOU can help advance the profession. (And by the way…. exclusive offer…. You’ll get your own scores to learn more about how and why you make decisions.)

DIRECTIONS DIRECTIONS DIRECTIONS FOR THE SURVEY

  • The survey must be completed at a computer with a keyboard (i.e. desktop, laptop). There is a section of the survey which is not compatible with mobile devices. Your participation will be anonymous, and to appreciate your time, you will have the option to receive your personal scores and enter a draw (for an iPad mini or £100 of gift vouchers).
  • If you would like to participate, please follow this link when you have 30 minutes to dedicate to the survey (or copy and paste this text into your browser:https://plymouthbusiness.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beFvHemJrOaoPkh

Please consider forwarding this invitation to your fellow fundraising colleagues as well. The results will help answer relevant questions and strengthen fundraising for years to come.

 

 

August 28, 2017

Free 4-part workshop! Starts September 13.

I love this title! “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get”

We’re in the asking business, people!! The biggest reason anyone gives anything? Because they’re asked!

This workshop will help you fundraisers (and your board members and CEO and and…) be more comfortable and effective when they ask. This workshop will help you – the leader – help them do the asking.

How does this work?

  • 4 videos delivered directly to you over a week. Each video is only 30 minutes long. Long enough for you to learn. Short enough to squeeze the learning in over lunch or breakfast or after work or…
  • And live Q&A with Brian!

Who is doing this? ASKINGMATTERS.COM. What will you learn?

  • You’ll learn about asking styles (Did you know there are different styles? I learned helpful stuff when I read the book about asking styles.)
  • You’ll learn about the role of the asker. (That could be you or a board member or a donor who loves you and wants to help raise money!) 
  • You’ll learn about how to design and conduct the asking meeting.

Click here for more details.

Register now. Register yourself…your CEO…And maybe a board member or two! Just go for it. Ask. Ask better!

 

August 14, 2017

Online learning

August 7, 2017

What do you measure?

Ah measures. Or metrics.

How did you decide to measure what you measure? Do you measure the right stuff? Who decides what the right stuff is?

How about a REALLY GOOD CONVERSATION about what an organization should measure? Would these questions help you decide?

How many of these fundraising measures does your organization use?

Have you read Jim Collins’ little monograph called Good to Great and the Social Sectors? I love the way he talks about metrics in nonprofits. Use that with your boss and board!

 

August 3, 2017

Notes from my dorm room: Welcome Cohort 27

My annual July sojourn in Winona, Minnesota. At Saint Mary’s University. I LOVE LOVE teaching in the masters program for Philanthropy and Development.

Cohort 27. Can you imagine? This program is 27 years old. And I’ve been teaching since 2000, Cohort 9.

Some great stuff from Cohort 27.

  • We watched Brené Brown’s vulnerability video. If you haven’t watched it, do so! If you have, watch it again, as I do every year.
  • Brandon noted that when we’re leading change, remember the 7 emotional triggers: Anger. Fear. Greed. Guilt. Flattery. Exclusivity. Salvation. SMART! Those emotional triggers are useful for more than fundraising!
  • Geologist Jeff told us to check out KK.org. (Kevin Kelly) Some interesting stuff. For example: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape out Future. And check his blogs.

P.S. Hey Cohort 27 members. Here are a few videos that we didn’t watch but I think you’ll find them cool and applicable to our first course together. How might you use some of this stuff back home? Go for it!!

First follower: Lessons from dancing guy

Empathy: Jeremy Rifkin

July 26, 2017

Notes from my dorm room: Farewell Cohort 25

One of the most meaningful experiences in my life…

Every year I go to Winona, Minnesota…on the Mississippi. There I join colleagues from around North America mostly (but sometimes from Africa and China and !!). I teach in the masters program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University.

And every year, I write a series of blogs called Notes From My Dorm Room. I’ve just returned from SMUMN and I have so much to tell you!!!

A testimonial – with a picture of Mrs. Frizzle – from Andrea, Cohort 25. Now sitting on my self with the megaphone and bell given to me by Cohort 25 last year.

“To our FEARLESS Leader, Ms. Frizzle” better known as Simone Joyaux. She somehow managed the chaos on our “Magical School Bus” ride. She calmed us, she challenged us, and most importantly, she taught us. Her lessons far extend the classroom. She challenged us to be better and do beter. She gave us permission to say “But WHY?” and that not only is it ok to stand up for others, it is expected.

 


 

 

July 17, 2017

Order or convincing

From Tom Ahern:

I (Tom) was attempting to teach the Domain Formula for lucrative print donor newsletters. And a fundraiser asked “How do I convince marcomms to shrink our existing newsletter from 8 pages to 4 pages?”

Tom’s response: “IN TRUTH – This is a work order, not a persuasion exercise.”

Yes. The knowledgeable fundraiser directs marcomms.

Too often, fundraisers are in the position of trying to “persuade” the boss or board or board member … or marketing/communications … to do the right thing.

YES! THE RIGHT THING! The thing based on research. Like scientific research! The thing that has demonstrated success over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and ….

Sometimes these fundraisers are:

  • Scared and can’t risk losing their jobs. That’s understandable. Find another job where they respect you and your knowledge.
  • Don’t actually know the body of knowledge. Don’t follow research. Don’t embrace continuous learning. Shame on you. Learn the right stuff or go away and let true fundraisers push the right stuff.
  • Regularly explain to the boss, board, board members, and marc/com … and continually lose to these annoyingly silly (even dumb, perhaps) people who don’t listen to the research and body of knowledge you keep explaining. Why don’t they listen? Because they’re arrogant? Believe personal opinion trumps research and and … I don’t know. You probably don’t know either. But if you’ve tried and tried and tried and tried… Then find another job where you will receive the respect you deserve.

This is difficult work. I know. But don’t confuse your role. You are (should be) the expert. Explain. Then direct. Or find another job. You deserve so much better than this ignorant dynamic.

June 12, 2017

Amazing thank-you letter

Another amazing letter from Ashley, Executive Revolutionary from RIUDL.

Sounds real. Like Ashley actually wrote it.

Hand-written note at the top on the front page. Yes! It’s a 2-page thanks letter. Can you imagine?

Tells a story about Genesis, 11 years old when she arrived in Rhode Island USA.

Later in the letter, in bold: Your gift of $2,500 on 3/1/2017 is helping create more stories like this.

Next sentence: In a single year your generosity allowed us to go from reaching just over 100 to well over 1,000 students. No joke.

And check out this P.S. “This letter doubles as a tax receipt and a pick-me-up. Becuase of you, young people like Genesis are that much closer to becoming policy makers. And I have doubt they will wield that power to do amazing things. Thank you for setting them up for success. Onward and upward!”

WOW.

 

Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.

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