Are you stuck in “professional” mode?

Stop being a 1-dimensional nonprofit fundraiser

Today I wore a t-shirt…to make a point! As a nonprofit leader, it’s so easy to be “on” all the time. Especially if you live in a small town. I used to spend more time than I’d like to admit wondering if I should get back into “professional” clothes before I went to the store. […]

The Red Cross and Glass Houses

NPR's report on the Red Cross' missing $500 million

“Why can’t you tell us where you spent the money and what your expenses were? You obviously have that information. Why can’t the public see it?” – NPR’s Laura Sullivan to Red Cross’ David Meltzer Last night, I was shocked and spellbound to hear NPR devote an entire half hour segment to the special report […]

[Guest Post] Crowdfunding – Not the Hail Mary You Think

Crowdfunding 101 Workshop DepositaGift.com-

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Dana Ostomel, the founder of Deposit a Gift.com. Deposit a Gift allows anyone – nonprofits, schools, or individuals – to raise money and even sell tickets to benefit events. I love that Dana’s background is in marketing. She’s developed solutions for brands like Snapple, Century21, The Home […]

Donor Fatigue is a myth

Donor Fatigue is a myth

I firmly believe “donor fatigue” is a cop out, not a reality. In this quick video, I tell you why. And I give you a free tool to fix your next fundraising letter. For more on this, check out: The free fundraising letter email course at” http://fundraisingcoach.com/fundraising-letters/ The new Fundraising 101 video class for board […]

Millenials aren’t really that different!

"Selfie" by Patrik Nygren. Used with permission.

Millenials aren’t really different. Charities just haven’t been paying attention! Charities have gotten used to the WORLD WAR II GENERATION’s trust in big social programs. Big programs overcame the Great Depression and overcame Hitler, right? So if “everyone does their part” we’ll overcome the next hurdle. But their kids, the SILENT GENERATION started questioning the […]

Helping board members tell their nonprofit story

"Story Road" by umjanedoan on Flickr. Used by permission.

Would you like to jumpstart your fundraising for your nonprofit? One of the most important tools I’ve seen is helping board members get comfortable telling their own story. Getting board members to be fully present In my work with nonprofits around the world, I find a common element in those with high performing boards: their […]

9 experts weigh in on quite possibly the worst nonprofit mobile friendly advice ever

Worst nonprofit social media advice

Just over a week ago, I saw this tweet from a self-proclaimed “social media expert”: #Google is requesting all websites are mobile friendly by April. Use #socialmedia instead and avoid the expense of #websiteredesign This is horrible advice. The worst ever. At first, I was embarrassed for this guy. He probably means well. Google is […]