Conducting a Donor Database Audit

February is usually a slow period in development offices, and more specifically on the database management side of things. That is why the shortest month of the year is the perfect time for your not-for-profit (NPO) to conduct a donor database audit.   An Audit?! I know that the word “audit” can be a frightening… Continue reading Conducting a Donor Database Audit

Personal Reflection

Reflection on the 90th birthday of MLK Jr

During my kids’ fall break in 2017, our family took a road trip to Memphis, Tennessee to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Mark, my husband, planned this historic trip and even though I’m not a fan of museums, I was very grateful he pushed us to have this somber experience. Experiencing the National Civil… Continue reading Reflection on the 90th birthday of MLK Jr


Processing Calendar Year End Gifts: Procedural & Relational

The first few weeks in January is a busy time when not-for-profits are processing calendar-year-end (CYE) gifts. For many not-for-profits, processing gifts is a procedural activity, making sure gifts are entered into the database and acknowledged in a timely manner. Even though processing gifts should be done quickly, you shouldn’t think of this as an… Continue reading Processing Calendar Year End Gifts: Procedural & Relational


National Philanthropy Day Reflections

Why National Philanthropy Day? In 1986, then U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation recognizing November 15 as National Philanthropy Day (NPD). Since then, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has been celebrating the philanthropic contributions of individuals, foundations, and businesses to better our world. AFP Chapters around the world observe this special day to… Continue reading National Philanthropy Day Reflections