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9 02, 2017

25 of the Best Definitions of Leadership—Ever

By |February 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on 25 of the Best Definitions of Leadership—Ever

I’m a consummate student of leadership. I have a passion for the subject and it helps drive the decisions I make in my multiple businesses. I also share a lot of posts on my social media regarding leadership. The ones I am including here are the ones that are transformative, visionary and in keeping with [...]

31 01, 2017

Be Aware of Gifts to Your Organization Through the PayPal Giving Fund

By |January 31st, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Be Aware of Gifts to Your Organization Through the PayPal Giving Fund

Recently I saw a nonprofit post on social media how they had never been alerted about a gift made through the PayPal Giving Fund. It turns out that a volunteer had made a "sizable gift" to the organization through the fund; however, the nonprofit stated they were not alerted by PayPal. When the charity reached [...]

26 01, 2017

A Fundraiser Gets Fired for Seeking to Raise A Million Dollars

By |January 26th, 2017|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on A Fundraiser Gets Fired for Seeking to Raise A Million Dollars

Have you ever heard of a fundraiser fired who was just about to secure a gift for $1 million? That’s what happened to a professional I’ll call Tom. Houston, we have a problem A few weeks ago, I was reminded of Tom's story when someone called me in a similar situation. Tom didn't last six [...]

10 01, 2017

Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

By |January 10th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

Not too long ago I was speaking to a director of development at a school. Susan was excited because she had been working for two years trying to get her principal and the board started on a strategic plan. As any good fundraiser knows, a good strategic plan helps clarify fundraising goals and priorities. I [...]

27 12, 2016

7 Social Media Tips to Help You Kick-Start Your Fundraising for 2017

By |December 27th, 2016|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on 7 Social Media Tips to Help You Kick-Start Your Fundraising for 2017

I happen to work with thousands of schools, churches, missions and nonprofits every day and one of the things I keep getting asked about most is how to master social media. Some Facts About Social Media According to Global Web Index[1], here are some key facts about social media, you should be aware of since [...]

22 12, 2016

Reflecting on a Young Boy’s Story During the Holidays

By |December 22nd, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Reflecting on a Young Boy’s Story During the Holidays

I know this has been a tough year for many people for a lot of reasons. It’s been a divisive year. It’s been a year of anger and strife. But, it’s our choice how we face each day. As I sit here writing this Christmas message, I want to wish my friends, family and team [...]

20 12, 2016

Philanthropy Is Only for Billionaires

By |December 20th, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Philanthropy Is Only for Billionaires

If you’re sitting in your office as the executive director or chief fundraiser of a nonprofit organization, I wonder what you’re thinking of the philanthropic landscape these days? I believe in an assertive posture when it comes to charity and philanthropy. We know that at this point in time, we have all the resources we [...]

1 12, 2016

How You Can Help Give to Charity This Holiday Season, Part 1

By |December 1st, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on How You Can Help Give to Charity This Holiday Season, Part 1

One of my favorite articles to write is this one. This is the third year I’ve been writing about nonprofits and social good organizations during the holiday season that you may want to look to support. And, as I’ve done in the past, because there are so many worthwhile organizations, I’ll write about charities and [...]

24 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Day Message to My Town, Orlando, After Pulse

By |November 24th, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on A Thanksgiving Day Message to My Town, Orlando, After Pulse

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer On June 12th of this year, our community lost 49 people who meant something to those who loved and [...]

22 11, 2016

A Conversation With a Nonprofit Fundraiser – Part 2

By |November 22nd, 2016|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on A Conversation With a Nonprofit Fundraiser – Part 2

Last week I published the first part of my conversation with Neil, a strategist and fundraiser, which you can find by clicking here. This week I’d like to continue our discussion as the talk shifted to nonprofit leadership, management and donors. You’ve spoken a lot about the changes and investments nonprofits need to make. Do [...]