71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising - for free!

If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It's coming April 6 - 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I've just heard that the schedule for The [...]

[Question Marc] Help! My board wants to do another event!

Dear Marc, Help!! My board wants to do ANOTHER fundraising event! We're already doing 10 events a year. How can I tell them we don't have the resources to do another one? Stressed in San Diego My Answer Dear Stressed, Oh no! I definitely feel your pain! I think your board is living out the [...]

[Guest Post] Special events: Make them worth the effort

From time-to-time, I get to introduce you to a rock star in my universe, a colleague I trust implicitly. Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to Clover Frederick, a fundraising and marketing expert from Lincoln, Nebraska. I love her idea of fundraising events being a "22-hour piñata"! You can follow her on twitter @cloverfrederick. Special [...]

Future fundraising trainings…near you?

I love speaking to groups, helping people get excited about fundraising, and helping groups communicate more effectively. My team is looking at expanding the number of trainings I do. Every month we have people asking to attend a public session near them. If you’re interested in attending an event near you, let us know by [...]

6 tips to help board members work a room at a fundraising event

Last night, I was asked for some tips to help my fellow board members with a fundraising dinner on Thursday. Fundraising events so often devolve into board members huddling together in tight groups of people they all ready know. But money is raised when board members act as ambassadors and hosts. Here's what I wrote. [...]

2 more public speaking tips for the theatrically timid

A couple days ago, I offered some tips on public speaking. 2 1/2 tips to be exact. Since then, I thought of 2 more: 3. Be able to give your talk without electricity There's nothing more embarassing to watch than a presenter who's completely lost without their PowerPoint slides. Stuff happens. Projectors go to sleep. [...]

2 1/2 Public Speaking Tips for the Theatrically Timid

Let's face it, fundraising involves speaking. Lots of it. We speak to individuals. We speak to groups. We speak to volunteers, donors, staff, peers, bosses, everyone. And some of the best exposure we can get for our cause is doing public speaking to larger groups like service organizations, or depending on your cause, even conferences. [...]