Live Bright – Leave Light!

November 25, 2021

You – yep YOU…touch lives in so many special ways!  Every day! At this Thanksgiving time here in the USA, may we ALL join together to give thanks. Many things have changed. Our commitment to inspiring generosity has not!  YOU are a gift and I am grateful for you at Thanksgiving and always! SHINE ON! […]

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Energy Precedes Outcomes – Lift Up Philanthropy – Part 2

November 10, 2021

You ask for a visit and they say, “Yes!” HOLD that thought. Thank you to the hundreds of you who joined me (according to the counter – couldn’t see you!) November 3rd, live from my inspiration-filled home office – for “Fear Less, Raise More, Shine ON!” my Crescendo Practical Planned Giving Conference keynote. This note came from […]

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Lift up Philanthropy – Part 1

October 27, 2021

It’s year-end and YOU are in this honorable and noble profession called Fundraising and Development. Whatever your role or title, are you scared or wildly excited, or a mix this year-end? Well, let’s save the scared for Halloween!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  (Although Scott Haumersen, a Managing Partner at Wegner CPAs, and I don’t really look too […]

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Mission Unstoppable….STILL!

October 13, 2021

You are STILL unstoppable. Period. No doubts. No matter what. Yet, listen up….you may also feel less sure about your relationships – personal and professional – than ever before. Why? Donors, friends and even family, often react now in ways that totally surprise you – this throws you off to be sure! When you could count on a […]

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Let the GIVER lead the IMPACT connection!

September 22, 2021

It’s September – and that means Stewardship. Sharing sincere thanks NOW and showing donors the tangible results of their giving – even if it is intangible – sets the stage for COMFORTABLE year-end asking conversations. Of course we are constantly thinking about how we can be grateful recipients….but sometimes it gets away on us. Check […]

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What’s BEST to say Thanks!

August 25, 2021

We pay lip service to stewardship – yet it is the most important piece of any and every relationship! Why? The donor deserves to enjoy their giving! In my last blog I shared tips for how you THINK about stewardship.  So In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) check out  Marcy’s 8 Key Ideas to Trigger […]

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Thank you very, very, very much!

August 11, 2021

“Thank you!”  Seems like ‘thank you’ came right after ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’ as you learned to speak! And throughout your early years how often were you reminded, “Now what do you say?” “Oh, right. Thank you.” In your work inspiring generosity, (and by the way, THANK YOU for what you do to inspire generosity!), there […]

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WRITE Right – Raise More!

June 23, 2021

Your written word has power ONLY when it is read, remembered and/or acted on. With your words you lift up, inform, share, tear down, heal, love, inspire and teach. As you build relationships with current and prospective major givers, what is important in your writing – handwritten, letter, email, text whatever?  Here are 10 tips…for […]

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Let me hear you…”I love Tech!”

June 9, 2021

Do you enjoy that zoom feature that lets us “improve our appearance” on zoom?  Works great  – try it if you haven’t yet. You have a tremendous opportunity now to rebuild your life as we re-enter from the Land of Covid.  Whether you continued to come into the office this past year, spent months remote, […]

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3 Tips for Events that Make Sense

May 26, 2021

There is a lot for you to think about as you consider doing again what you’ve always done when it comes to events that make sense – especially for major gifts! But first – ENJOY the LONG WEEKEND here in the States! That means do something that is FUN for you!  Stop and smell the lilacs! […]

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