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

Board of Directors

Selecting Board Members

For the past two years, I’ve had the honor to sit on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Committee on Directorship (COD). This is the committee that is tasked with reviewing the applications from individuals who are called to serve on the Board. I’ve got to be honest, sitting on this governing board isn’t an… Continue reading Selecting Board Members

Constituent Engagement

Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Funding Base

Nonprofits looking to expand their financial base should engage finance professionals, such as wealth managers, estate planning attorneys, and accountants. These individuals can connect your organization to clients who are drawn to your mission. The first step in engaging financial professionals, is to identify individuals who are influential in their clients’ charitable giving. As you… Continue reading Expanding Your Nonprofit’s Funding Base

Constituent Engagement, Events

My Love-Hate Relationships With Events

I’m going to be brutally honest; I detest fundraising events. Seriously, they are truly AWFUL for the people executing them! Events have the lowest ROI compared to all other fundraising strategies. It takes about $0.50 to raise a dollar. Plus, to execute a spectacular event, your staff and volunteers have to work an overwhelming amount… Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationships With Events

Marketing, Social Media

Measuring Social Media ROI

Several organizations have asked how can they measure the return on investment (ROI) for their social media investment. Really, I think they want to know what their organization is getting back from all the time, effort, and resources that they have committed to social media. And that means, that nonprofits should calculate their ROI using… Continue reading Measuring Social Media ROI

Constituent Engagement, Marketing, Personal Reflection

Getting Back on the Bike

This is really embarrassing for me to admit, but I have always been insecure with my looks and specifically, my weight. Since puberty, I have always had a “pooch” and shortly after getting married, I learned that my gut was the result of a metabolic disorder. If I truly wanted to be at my ideal… Continue reading Getting Back on the Bike