“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel, 19th century philosopher and poet “Those of us who make planned gifts do not expect, nor do we want, lavish thank-you presents or excessive recognition. However, we do want to… Read More »
A thank you letter to a donor can certainly contain an ask for another gift along with a response envelope. However, should it? NO!! This is not just my opinion. Penelope Burk, author of Donor-Centered Fundraising, also feels that a thank-you letter should be a demonstration of appreciation and not another solicitation.
Have you ever had a Thai fortune cookie? Until recently, I never even knew they existed. Over the years, I’ve eaten more than my share of Chinese fortune cookies. However, I had never experienced the Thai variety. Before anyone comments below, let me just say that I’m completely aware that Chinese fortune cookies are not really… Read More »
2014 has arrived. I’m not a big “make a resolution list” person. I think it’s better to evaluate all through the year. But what I do like to do is think about what was good about last year and dream about the New Year ahead. What do I hope to accomplish? Where will I go?… Read More »
The other days a friend messaged me: “You are remarkably good at ‘gratitude.’” I felt humbled. Maybe I am good at gratitude. Or maybe I’m just better at taking the time to tell people, “I appreciate who you are, I appreciate what you have done, I appreciate how you have touched me.” I believe lots of people… Read More »
It’s been six months since the launch of #fundchat. My biggest ambition at the start was to connect with other fundraisers on Twitter to exchange tips and ideas and to occasionally vent. Since then, it’s become something bigger. I don’t want to overdo it here, but I feel like part of an amazing community of… Read More »