Donor Fatigue – the rest of the story

In his recent post, Jeff Brooks agreed with my “Donor Fatigue” video. And he went a step further. Like a newly minted Paul Harvey, he tells “the rest of the story.” Fundraiser Fatigue I love his concept of “fundraiser fatigue”! He says that we get tired of saying the same thing over and over so […]

Charitable giving grows again!

The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year’s giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA’s press release: Overall charitable giving in the […]

Are you stuck in “professional” mode?

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

“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

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Dana Ostomel, the founder of Deposit a 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

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” The new Fundraising 101 video class for board […]

Millenials aren’t really that different!

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 […]