Resources

July 16, 2018

Include your voice in critical research!!!

Hey colleagues…

Do you (and your organizations) want to raise more money?

Then our fundraising profession needs MORE VERY GOOD RESEARCH. Research that helps us fundraise better.

So add your voice to this important new research!!!

YES. With just 16 minutes of your time, you can help design new research. YES! YOU!

Click below…

https://philanthropycentre.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebTdaDN6uJUwC7b

I just reviewed the survey. This is GREAT!! Please play. PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY. I want the answers. You’ll want the answers.

The results can help  RAISE MORE MONEY!!!!!!!!!

 

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July 6, 2018

On my gosh. I forgot my weekly blog!!!

I got lost somewhere in Twitter and in my e-newsyletter. And I fogot my favorite place… my weekly blog.

I’m so sorry! So here are some interesting resources that I’ve just been encountering:

BOOK: The new ASKING STYLES: REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR FUNDRAISING book by Brian Saber

ORGANIZATIONS:

  • MULTICULTURAL BRIDGE. A grassroots organization dedicated to advancing equity and justice. The wonderful Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant.
  • EduLeadersofcolor.org. Cultivating spaces for leaders of color invested in social justice to challenge inequities in education, strengthen local organizations led by people of color, and foster community partnerships. I met Karla Vigil, co-founder on the telephone today!
  • RI Urban Debate League: RIUDL is all about equity and social justice. In fact debate is a proven tool that helps students in urban schools. Ms. Ashley Belanger has been a marvelous Executive Revolutionary and I know RIUDL will hire another great one.

EDUCATION AND LEARNING: Do you know MOCEANIC? What’s not to love? GREAT blog. COOL cartoons. EXCELLENT online courses. You must visit Moceanic!

  • People like Jeff Brooks and Harvey McKinnon and Tom Ahern and Sean Triner and Christiana Stergiou offering courses. Me, too, eventually (I just have to create it still!)
  • Popular blog posts and even videos from Jeff and Tom and Roger Craver and Sean and…

AND FINALLY…VISIT SOFII, the Showcase of Innovation and Inspiration.Ideas, information, initiatives to help you change the world. The best of the best fundraising… from yesterday and today. And help for you to create the best of the best tomorrow.

Okey dokey. I’m off to play with clients now.

 

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June 11, 2018

One of my favorite “business” books

I believe that conversation is a core business practice. And conversation is different than discussion. Very different!

Theodore Zeldin wrote the most beautiful book about conversation: Conversation – How Talk Can Change Our Lives.

Here are some of my favorite Zeldin statements…direct quotations from his lovely book.

  1. Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new trains of thought. Conversation doesn’t just reshuffle the cards; it creates new cards.
  2. Having one’s ideas challenged and transmuted by verbal intercourse makes one aware how much one owes to others, how much a partner can contribute to one’s intellectual, moral and emotional development, thought one remains a separate, unique person.
  3. Conversation, like families, dies when it is inbred. Or when your guests have had more or less the same experience as yourself.
  4. Conversation has to explore new territory to become an adventure.

Filed under: Leadership, Resources

May 21, 2018

Neuroscience can help fundraisers

Thanks to MRI machines, we can monitor what’s happening in the human brain.

For example, did you know: When you’re the victim of a mistake – if the handling of that mistake is really good – you experience a dopamine high. (If you don’t know what a dopamine high is, check it out!) That dopamine high can be great … I almost think we should make mistakes on purpose to give our donors a dopamine high. (On the other hand, I figure we all make sufficient mistakes that what we really need to do is to handle mistakes very very very well!)

So here’s my story of my dopamine high! One day, I get a very nice email from EMILY’S List, indicating that it appears that I haven’t renewed my membership. And how much I matter as a member and what my participation has accomplished.

I checked my checkbook and, as I had remembered, I had renewed.

So I called EMILY’S List. A human being answered. I asked for the development office. A human being answered. Wow. Not caught in voicemail hell!

The development officer immediately looked me up in the database. Quickly and efficiently. No referral to someone else!

I had renewed. She apologized very graciously and corrected the entry.

I wasn’t angry or even annoyed. Everyone makes mistakes. No big deal at all. Off I went to my appointments.

I returned home and there was a very gracious email apology. Then a couple hours later, a personal call from the chief development officer apologizing. That was so unnecessary. No need for another apology!!

And then… After apologizing to me personally, the chief development officer said: “Do you realize that in 4 more days, it will be the anniversary of your 20thyear as an EMILY’S LIST member? Thank you so much.”

What an amazing experience. Talk about a dopamine high! I tell everyone this story. I repeat this story over and over when presenting.

Thank you EMILY’S LIST. You gave my brain a dopamine high. You made me admire you even more.

February 19, 2018

Oh my gosh. I might be in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visit this site, Training for Change.

Training and capacity building organization for ACTIVISTS and ORGANIZERS!

Some cool trainings online. White People Confronting Racism. Advanced Online Training: When Things Go Wrong. And many more!

Tons of training tools in subjects like: 3rd Party Nonviolent Intervention. D-escalation & Peacekeeping. Diversity & Anti-Oppression. And more!

Bunches of publications: Opening Space for Democracy. The Sword That Heals. Towards a Living Revolution: A five-state framework for creating radical social change. And more!!!!!

And so much more. Wow. I am in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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January 15, 2018

Good stuff to read & learn & fun maybe, too?

Thanks to all the cool people who send me cool stuff. Cause there’s lots of cool stuff out there!

So check these cool-nesses…

3 incredibly important emerging issues. For me, these are next level issues that don’t get discussed enough, if at all,” says Canadian collegue Deborah Coult. And Deborah says  watch this “amazing video.

  • Spend down vs. perpetuity
  • Justice versus need
  • Tax implications

And from Connecticut colleague Maxine Bleiweis: Skipp Richard, Leadership Insights.

December 12, 2017

Technology for boards ?!?!?

Don’t you just love useful tools to help get various things done?

We have fundraising databases. We have financial tools and techn.

But what about boards?

The board and its various members. The board and its various committees. Meetings and resource materials for those meetings. Reminder notices.  Checking info if you missed a meeting.

Maybe we want to chat before a meeting…you know, online back and forth.

How about a tool to do all that governance prep/support stuff effectively and efficiently.

Check out Boardable. Board Management Simplified

Just imagine…making all the stuff and systems and processes and stuff! easier…less time consuming.

Maybe this is the answer for you?! Boardable.

 

 

November 20, 2017

Memories of IFC 2017

Thanks to the Resource Alliance, UK for the marvelous IFC 2017 (International Fundraising Congress). 

Truly international – and risk-taking.

Imagine talking with colleagues all over the world... And you can always find and connect with people in the dining rooms reserved for IFC participants. Just sit anywhere… Perhaps you’ll be talking with Chinese and South African colleagues. Fundraisers and executives from Nigeria, Argentina, Slovakia, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Autralia, Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Germany…. And more….

Here are some wonderful highlights… To inspire and challenge you and me over and over…

Ahmen…Fundraiser and rapper…This is my favorite plenary session. Beautiful. Angry. Hopeful. Speaking out. Challenging us.

I did a 6-hour masterclass called “Changing Your Organization for Greater Impact.” Here’s my video promo for the masterclass. (People came up to me at the conference — whom I didn’t know — saying that they liked my ad.)

Have you ever seen live graphic documenting during meetings or presentations? It’s marvelous. And the IFC has this happening… First in 2016, I think. And again in 2017. And I hope forever!!!

This is the graphic facilitation (by Housatonic) for my masterclass. You can see many more IFC drawings on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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September 13, 2017

A good day of blogs/newsletters

Today – the day that I am writing – is Tuesday, July 25.

Maybe you saw these blogs and newsletters back on that day. But in case you did not — or even if you did — check these out. Read carefully. Then read again.

Now how will you apply this to your organization?

How your beset fundraising turns into junk mail when you aren’t looking. (Jeff Brooks at Moceanic)

Those agitator.net pals talking about ice cream (also known as VICE CREAM).

Tom Ahern’s e-newsletter with communications audit and bunches of particularly cool stuff.

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September 6, 2017

So much out there on the internet.

I often get emails from various businesses asking me to blog about their assistance to nonprofits. Sometimes I post because the info seems that it might be useful to our beloved NGO sector. I’m not attesting to the quality or usefulness or anything else. But something caught my eye and it could be useful.

I was intrigued about the Data Cleaning Checklist. We’re all talking about/worried about data…too much data…wrong data…better data…whatever. So visit ADVIZOR Solutions Inc. And there’s a section on FUNDRAISING DATA.

ADVIZOR uses the phrase: Creating a culture of analytics. I LOVE THIS!

You know how much I appreciate organizational culture – and all the subsets of culture. That’s the theme of my September newsyletter…various cultures.

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And how about the newest from Abila? 2017 Member Loyalty Study. Remember what The Agitator said back in 2009: Loyalty is the Holy Grail of fundraising. And I say loyalty is the Holy Grail of any business!!!!

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