Category Archives: Philanthropy

Do Your Donors Want Poetry or Prose?

How should you raise money for your cause? Fundraising can take many forms: grant proposals, appeal letters, events, or crowdfunding? It all depends whether your donors want poetry or prose. Raising Funds with Words that Sing My late brother Ron Fischman needed money. He had commissioned artist Debora Alanna to produce the beautiful cover illustration for… Read More »

The Future of Social Activism (Infographic)

As I was doing some research for next week’s #fundchat on “Slacktivism,” I came across this infographic about the future of social activism. According to the data, young people are actually more engaged in social causes than their predecessors. This flies in the face of today’s conventional wisdom that Millennials are “slacktivists” and not real activists.

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Matters to Great Fundraisers

Do you ever wonder what distinguishes a great fundraiser from a good one? Emotional Intelligence is part of it. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. EQ is an important competency for fundraisers because:

Working the Room: Getting the ‘Right’ People

In my last post, I offered some practical tips on ensuring that your nonprofit events maximize donor, volunteer, and prospect relationships and help move them forward (and how to deal with challenges here). But much of this work can start even earlier:  at the invitation stage. What typically happens for an event is that we… Read More »

Overcoming The Challenges Of ‘Working The Room’

Recently I’ve been talking about Working the Room – how to get the most out of donor relationships during event. Then I wrote a post about getting the right people to the event. The posts outlined practical steps about how fundraisers, board, and staff can focus on the donors and not the event. As fundraisers, we… Read More »