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20 04, 2017

The True Meaning of Digging Deeper

By |April 20th, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

What if I told you that you could have what you want in life, but you’re going to have to work harder? You wouldn’t be too happy. Perhaps you’d roll your eyes or give me an exasperated huff. You already work hard. How in the world can you work even harder? Where are you supposed [...]

11 04, 2017

The Great Fail of United Airlines and How It Could Have Done Better

By |April 11th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

The outrage is justified. The team of United Airlines, and its CEO saying they had "no choice" are wrong. Period. The man that was dragged out of one of its planes on Sunday­­––literally––paid for his seat. And, yes, there were other ways to handle the situation of a paying customer who did not want to [...]

6 04, 2017

Today Matters So Let Yesterday Go

By |April 6th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Today Matters So Let Yesterday Go

Some of the greatest excuses in life come from our inability to forgive ourselves for past mistakes. That's a shame and an incredible waste of energy and time. And, we all know how limited and what a precious commodity time is in life. It typically begins with these words: if only. If only I had [...]

4 04, 2017

What Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Difficult?

By |April 4th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on What Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Difficult?

2015 was a great year for fundraising. Over $373.25 billion was given to charity. And, 25 percent of the U.S. population volunteered for charitable work from September 2014 to September 2015. So, why is it that a lot of nonprofits, schools, churches and others have it so hard in raising money for their groups? Ask [...]

28 03, 2017

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Today About SEO

By |March 28th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Today About SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a term that everyone is using these days, but a lot of people in the nonprofit sector don't know what it means. There are a whole lot of SEO experts out there claiming they can get your site to the top of the rankings, but sometimes the results don't bear [...]

21 03, 2017

3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

By |March 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

In 2015, Bloomerang reported findings you can review by clicking here, that fewer than 20 percent of nonprofits had someone actively working major donors. I realize that many organizations simply don't have the staff to hire fundraisers dedicated to cultivating and soliciting major donors. However, every nonprofit—large or small—should be in the business of getting [...]

9 03, 2017

7 Ways to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

By |March 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

In 2015, CareerBuilder did their annual social media survey and found that 35 percent of hiring managers were less likely to interview a candidate if they couldn't find them online. And since social media is a part of most of our lives, you have to assume that will only increase in the years ahead, especially [...]

2 03, 2017

The Ventura Sunshine Ladies Club Create Therapy Dolls for Children in Need

By |March 2nd, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The Ventura Sunshine Ladies Club Create Therapy Dolls for Children in Need

People ask me sometimes how someone can get involved in doing good for someone else. It’s not difficult. There's something anyone of us can do any day of the week. I live in Orlando, and I'm privileged to know some of the members of the Ventura Sunshine Ladies Club. They're a great group of women, [...]

28 02, 2017

The Easiest Way to Manage Your Matching Gifts

By |February 28th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Easiest Way to Manage Your Matching Gifts

I've been working in the social sector for 13 years, and I've spoken to plenty of school and nonprofit executives and directors of development. There's one overlooked area of fundraising, and that's matching gifts. According to Double the Donation, here’s what’s happening: Many corporations match gifts from their employees up to $10,000; Nonprofits earn between [...]

21 02, 2017

5 Ways to Network Easily If You’re an Introvert

By |February 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Network Easily If You’re an Introvert

When I was a kid, I was quiet and a bit of an introvert. When I started out in the business world, I was an awkward 15-year-old kid who hadn't yet grown comfortable in his 6'4" frame. And although in my world today I enjoy connecting with people, speaking on the telephone (including cold calling), [...]