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

Constituent Engagement, Personal Reflection

Personal Reflection on a Recent Speaking Engagement

I just got back from attending the fall conference for LeadingAge Indiana. I had been very excited to present Cultivating a Philanthropic Culture Within Your Aging Services Organization (ASO) because I have experience first hand how implementing basic development strategies can be quite fruitful for the ASO client with whom I’m working. This is a… Continue reading Personal Reflection on a Recent Speaking Engagement


Making Events Easier for Volunteers

As many of you know, I HATE events. I understand the need for them, but I have found that many not-for-profits (NPOs) rely heavily on events to secure their philanthropic income (which is a huge no-no). I also don’t like events, because many times, these organizations don’t take the time to make the implementation of… Continue reading Making Events Easier for Volunteers


Not-for-profit vs. Nonprofit

I have been trying to make an effort to use the term “not-for-profit” instead of nonprofit when talking about tax exempt organizations. Many times, we see these two words used interchangeably, but when working with these organizations, I often find that the staff, volunteers, and even the board members believe that their organization should not… Continue reading Not-for-profit vs. Nonprofit