Fundraising like Linus: what security blanket are you clinging to?

Last week, I sent out a fundraising coaching email to Fundraising Kick subscribers asking them if they were fundraising like Linus. My grandfather loved Charles Schulz's Peanuts comics. Everytime we went to his house, we’d see lots of Peanuts characters: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Pigpen. And Linus. Do you remember Linus? I’d post a picture [...]

What is The Concord Leadership Group LLC?

Some of you have been seeing my name associated with at group called "The Concord Leadership Group LLC." You've seen it mentioned in the emails you get from The Fundraising Coach. And over the last few weeks, since the release of the nonprofit sector leadership report, you've probably seen more and more posts from The [...]

Are you following up on your quality of life? #followupfriday

It's Follow Up Friday! In most of my #followupfriday email reminders, I encourage subscribers to reach out to people or following up on uncompleted tasks. Often they're following up with donors and prospects and staff. But today, I invited them to do a follow up of another kind: follow up on their career goals. Yesterday, [...]

Have you tried fundraising in a "vision vacuum"?

I've been a leadership guy a lot longer than I've been a fundraising coach. In fact, one of the things I love about nonprofit fundraising is that fundraising impacts all areas of leadership: mission, vision, values, staff recruitment and retention, communicating vision. Everything. Have you ever been in that situation? Have you ever had to [...]

Is your community suffering from an attack of a charity ideology?

If you are paying attention to government actions and media reports, it is easy to see that nonprofit work is under consistent attack. Local and state governments are threatening to tax charities. Federal governments are testing new regulations that would never be considered on corporations. And media reports of charity scams or questionable spending leave [...]

Watch the fundraising objections fall to the floor

Last week, I was invited to give a full day Ask Without Fear!® training in Kansas City. We had a blast. One of the exercises involved overcoming objections…even before they come up. The process was: The participants pictured someone on their “chicken list” - a person they were afraid to ask for a gift. They [...]

[Guest Post] Top 10 Tips for Growing Your Matching Gift Program

I've been impressed with the number of nonprofits actively educating about matching gifts. I'm seeing it on thank you pages and hearing about it from coaching clients. This is relatively easy money that many are missing out on. So I invited Double the Donation president Adam Weinger to share his top tips with us. You're [...]