Yet another unassuming donor gives multi-million dollar gift


Today The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported about Lotta Fields. According to the New York Times, Ms. Fields was an avid reader and a regular donor to the New York Public Library. Her regular gifts were only described as “modest.” But when she died, she left the library $6 million. $6 million! The NYT’s quotes the […]

Is there a Ron Newell in your donor pool?

Courtesy image of Ron Newell from Fosters Daily Democrat

Did you hear the latest story about an unassuming millionaire? According to Foster’s Daily Democrat, Ron Newell was a quiet truck driver in Dover, NH. He liked kids and animals, especially dogs. Last August, Mr. Newell passed away at the age of 78. Last week, two nonprofits were told that he’d left them $550,000 each. […]

Happy National Bowtie Day!!

Image of a bowtie to celebrate National Bowtie Day!

Today, August 28, is the day you’ve long been waiting for: National Bowtie Day! To celebrate this sartorially splendorific day, I’m giving away my bowtie cards for free. True, I always give them away for free. But today, I’ll even mail them to you. :) Just fill out the form below and I’ll take care […]

Shoe Shine guy gives $200,000

Image of Shoe Shine man Albert Lexie has donated $200,000 to charity care fund at Children?s Hospital of Pittsburgh

This man, Albert Lexie, shines shoes at a hospital in Pittsburgh. Over the last 30 years, he’s given all his tips to the charity care fund at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. That’s added up to $200,000 so far! From a shoe shine guy! All that glitters… I love stories like this! It forces us […]

Is your nonprofit board socializing enough?

In the last 24 hours, I’ve heard 6 different commentators talk about the polarization of our US government being exacerbated by the fact that no one socializes anymore. Ok. I was one of the people. And I was talking to my aunt and uncle in a restaurant in Hanover, NH. But then on NHPR, I […]

Goofy video fun poll: Which promo do you prefer?

I’ll be speaking at the Social Media FTW conference on September 22 in Portland, Maine. The organizers have asked each of the presenters to do a quick video promoting why people should come to their session. Would you help me decide which video to send to the conference organizers? It would be great if you […]

Two $4 million surprise gifts

Harvest happens, not always where we expect

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported of a couple of $4 million gifts give to surprised nonprofits. According to the story, a Pasadena couple, Robert and Adrienne Westerbeck, gave $4 million to each of their alma maters. As is typical in stories like this (and Richard Walters [$4 mill] and Jean Preston [$8 mill] and Helene […]