Plan….NOW! Pear-Tree Planning in a Pandemic

June 24, 2020

Pear Tree Planning in a Pandemic You might be feeling, “How can I plan for anything when everything is so up in the air.” I understand. And I am here to help! Let me tell you a story about my pear tree.  It was loaded with buds and now it’s loaded, I mean LOADED, with […]

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How to make giving to you “essential”

June 10, 2020

You show appreciation and respect to major donors when you talk about the legacy they leave with their gifts.  Honor Clubs, Societies, elite events and personal conversations with the leadership are all benefits you may provide your major donors. These are wonderful and build good relationships!  While I believe we have instinctively adopted this, I […]

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How to Make A Decision and Take A Step

May 27, 2020

These are remarkable times. With an avalanche of information flooding you in the email, live-streaming on Facebook and bombarding you on the news, how do you make a decision about what to do next? How can you make a decision when you have no certainty about how this current COVID-19 environment will unfold…or when? In […]

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Hoping to help you with these success stories and advice!

May 13, 2020

You know it was a ‘Proud Mom Moment’ with son, David…in his cap and gown…graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston – a day I had looked forward to for a long time. Well, he WAS in his cap and gown, but he was actually on our couch in Madison, Wisconsin.  Two laptops were […]

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Stop feeding on the bottom. Major Gifts are at the top of the pyramid!

April 22, 2020

You are capable of great work now. Yes, now.  COVID 19 is unprecedented and uncertain. In “times like this” you can bet folks will: 1- Cut discretionary spending. 2- Reduce costs – hunker down. 3- Reduce risk – even if they are guessing how to do that, and, 4- Follow the Herd. What are others […]

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Tools for you- This too shall pass…now would be good

April 8, 2020

TOOLS for you to USE Right now! I. Say these affirmations out loud every day! “Something Gooooooodds Gonna Happen to Me!” “I Create My Life!” “We become what we think about!” “People love to give me money!” Your biggest tool to get through this comes from within.  Monitor everything you read and hear and see.  […]

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Believe. Decide. Move Forward. Serve. Repeat.

March 25, 2020

Believe. Decide. Move Forward. Serve. Repeat. I care about you.  Yes, be aware now and wash your hands and keep some space. But MORE – be aware of what you are thinking. Please. It is your best defense. Your success is not about the financial climate, it’s about your mental climate. Are you spewing poison or […]

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What do you see?

March 11, 2020

What do you SEE? You probably want this to be more complicated. Position, relationships, wealth, results. And, it’s the same for the things you have but don’t want.  In reverse.  It’s that focus on “what if this or that happens” that becomes true. I pulled off a whopper this year – I’m telling you – […]

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Partner Best Practices for MORE Major Gifts

February 26, 2020

You can’t do it alone. I don’t care how efficient you are, or think you are, you can only have so much fundraising success if you try to do it all yourself. I get it…it takes a great deal of energy and patience to bring on a volunteer, board member or program staff to help […]

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Competing with love!

February 12, 2020

Competing with love….. Many would say competition is bad – generating a winner and a loser. I say when you compete from a place of love and caring, competition kindles that spark to be better than you were before. Watching my beloved football I notice what the athletes do to compete at their very best. […]

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