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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

Stewardship

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

Staff

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

Events

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

Fundraising

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