It’s time for another 100 day check up.

May 22, 2007 is the 100th day. How are you doing sticking to the plan?
Personally, I’ve had some amazing twists and turns. I started with doing an extensive culling of our list of prospects to get it down to the top 33. That felt great! But after sitting down with the hospital CEO, we realized 90% of them were suspects, not prospects. We still had a lot of cultivation to do with them before asking them for a large gift.

To say that was a set-back is an understatement.

But then, in the midst of if all, our healtchare system decided to match the first 48 new endowed funds up to $2500. (It takes only $2500 to start an endowed fund here.)

That has proven to be an incredible boon. In the last month, we’ve raised $65,000 in cash and pledges for our endowment. I’m particularly impressed that most of those gifts are being directed to the Foundation to use at its discretion (as opposed to being targeted to the hospital or nursing home).

Thanks to this new development, we’re on track for a successful year. Just not in the way we’d expected it to happen. Sounds like I could reread my “Sowing and Reaping” post, doesn’t it? 🙂

I’d love to hear about your twists and turns. Post a comment here or email me at

To be reminded of the plan, check out the other “100 Day” posts at:

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