Monthly Archives: May 2013

Volunteering in Disaster Zones like Oklahoma

By |May 31st, 2013|

Sometimes volunteering your time and muscle will totally exhaust you as a philanthropic leader. Be it helping after the hurricane Sandy disaster or the Oklahoma tornados, manual labor as an act of giving is not only physically tiring, but also emotionally and mentally exhausting. When volunteers step up to help and serve, they must also help and serve and give within their own physical limits. It is easy to measure one’s financial limits when it comes to giving, but often it is difficult to know when to rest and renew as you give [...]

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How Does Your Nonprofit Create Financial Health?

By |May 30th, 2013|

Is your financial strategy as a not-for-profit primarily donor dependent? Do you rely primarily on loyal year-after-year, month-after-month donors to keep your operations going? Do you shun endowment funds because you don’t know how they actually work? Does your charity sell stock gifts as soon as they receive them? Does your charity charge any fees for the services and/or products they provide either directly to your clients or the governments of the countries you are providing great resources for? If you and your organization does not maintain multiple streams of revenue, then you [...]

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HEAD Tennis & Product Red – Helping to Save Lives in Africa!

By |May 29th, 2013|

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Negotiations, Egos & the Ugly Side of Giving

By |May 29th, 2013|

I hate to say it, but philanthropy is often about whoever can negotiate the best. Just look at all the big buildings that are named after individual philanthropists – it isn’t so much about the money they gave, but rather how they were able to negotiate the deal. Sadly, it does not even have to be names on buildings, but even hallways, rotundas, and other areas are often named after philanthropists not because they necessarily gave x amount of dollars at a specific level, but because they were able to negotiate what they [...]

What Does it Mean to Change Your World?

By |May 28th, 2013|

Everywhere I go everyone seems to be talking about changing the world and making a difference. And this is a good thing. But what does all this talk about positive transformation really entail? What does it really look like? After all, it is easy to point to true change leaders – Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and it is easy to look at those who lead with great courage and heart – Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Jesus, and those who have made current and are making current roads of transformation into the world [...]

Switching Perspectives: A Donor’s Perspective vs. Fundraising Professional’s

By |May 27th, 2013|

The majority of professional fundraisers approach donors from the perspective of the organization or cause they are representing and not from the perspective of the donor. What would happen if those who are professional fundraisers would approach donors from the donor’s perspective? I would guess, they would either quickly be fired from their current position or they might actually get employed by the donor or his or her foundation. Say what? Yes, when a donor drives the philanthropic agenda then the fundraising professional out there really does not have a lot to offer [...]

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Listening & Learning From Philanthropists

By |May 26th, 2013|

It always amazes me to watch people argue against someone else’s personal experience. I really don’t know how someone can say that my experiences as a philanthropist and the experiences of my friends as generous givers as well are invalid. The audacity to argue one’s point against the personal living real experience of another is amazing. It’s like telling someone that they could not feel a particular way because they’ve never felt a particular way. Or it is like someone who’s worldview, life experiences and knowledge base is so limited and narrow that [...]

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Start-ups & Perceptions from Donors/Investors

By |May 25th, 2013|

The mind of a start-up nonprofit versus a start-up for-profit should be similar, but from personal observation the two rarely approach their work on equal terms. The nonprofit mind usually seeks to get funding for free without having proven anything yet, while banking big time on their story, struggle and significance within one’s community. The for-profit entrepreneur knows no one really cares about how much he or she will have to struggle to be successful or significant. The for-profit start up also realizes if it cannot meet real concerns within one’s community first, [...]

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Donor Relational Management

By |May 24th, 2013|

It would be comical if it weren’t so sad and true to see how many quarterly, giving requests I receive from public charities I’ve never ever supported. Somehow, someway my name and address made its way to their computer generated Rolodex. Don’t these nonprofits know that they continue to waste stamps, paper, ink and time by sending me more generic requests for giving? Don’t they use software to track the giving of their donors to how they communicate with them? I would love to hear from you nonprofits out there – do you [...]

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Can Money Buy Happiness?

By |May 23rd, 2013|

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