Does Your Mindset Impact Your Life – And Your Fundraising Results?

June 9, 2017

Since age 17, I’ve been fascinated with the power of our thoughts.  “We become what we think about!” It has more to do with how your life is going than anything else. 3 Ways Your Thinking Impacts Your Life and Your Fundraising Results 1. You CAN change your thoughts It’s important for you to simply […]

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Five Trends for Raising Money Right Now

April 28, 2017

Recently, I dug in and researched trends for success in giving and the role our thinking has on our giving results noted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator, consultant colleagues, Executive Directors, key major donors, my clients, and many of you. Here are my FIVE TRENDS – ideas that successful non-profits are embracing RIGHT NOW– […]

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Do You Know Where You’re Going With Your Givers?

April 3, 2017

Creating successful major giving relationships with your givers is like taking a trip….and it’s an inspiring journey as well! 1. What’s your destination? Before you can create a map, you need to know where you are going! FIRST step! What is your giver (or group of mid-level givers) most passionate about? Based on what you […]

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I Promise…

March 17, 2017

Did you notice how these two words made you feel? For our families, friends, donors, colleagues and boards, “I promise” is a powerful tool for building trust in a relationship. “Son, I promise I’ll get off early Friday, and we will get an ice cream, just us two.” “Honey, I promise after this big project […]

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Ten Tips for Thoughtful Thanks

March 2, 2017

The great thing about gratitude is that it is really never too late to say, “Thank you” or “I appreciate you.”  But too often, we pay lip service to stewardship – all those things that happen AFTER the gift is made. We have terrific intentions to write that note, make a call, or share an update. This is […]

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Rev up your gratitude!

February 13, 2017

Each morning, right after you proclaim, “I create my life!” pause to consider next, “What am I grateful for, thankful for, and sincerely appreciate in my life today?” In this, Part 1 my two-part series on being grateful, I want you to consider who you have to become to sincerely be “grateful.” Next time, in […]

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Harness your positive energy! Here’s how!

February 6, 2017

How are you feeling? Strong, excited, determined? Or back in the grind? I am asked so often about time management and dealing with outside distractions. We lament about where the day, the week, the year…our life.. goes. The speed of time is directly related to our energy. Our energy level is enhanced when we are […]

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We’re OFF in the year 2017!

January 26, 2017

So how will it end? “What, Marcy? It just STARTED!” Early each January my family gathers around our kitchen table. On a half-sheet of off-white card stock, we each write one sentence – a “GET to do” by the END of 2017. Then we pass our sheets around and we each write one for each other. […]

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Are You Scrambling or Celebrating?

December 19, 2016

It’s mid-December! Finally snow in Wisconsin!  How are you doing? Are you scrambling to make those last calls and manage holiday traditions? Has celebrating turned into this heavy burden? Or are you blissfully busy? Let’s talk about our December mindset!  Jason Lemke creates educational programs for the USD School of Medicine and brought me in […]

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Happy Birthday Philanthropy! Now STAY Inspired!

December 2, 2016

  Philanthropy is “the love of humankind.” National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)—November 15—is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to celebrate philanthropy. I share a birthday with NPD and thus get to celebrate each additional candle with some pretty amazing folks! Every year since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed […]

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