Creating White Space in your Life – Part 1

July 3, 2017

Do some days feel too packed to even begin?  Do your “smile” muscles hurt? Have you fallen asleep in a movie?  (Be honest here – my 19-year-old son has.)  Are you pushing through a fog all day? Do you feel like you’re ON all the time? Is it summer, but you feel like you’re drowning? […]

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Must Have Skills for Rock Star Fundraising Success

June 16, 2017

Do you have these fundraising success traits?  Some things you just have to “be” instead of “know.” Here are 8 Personal ‘Must Have’ Skills for Rock Star Development Success 1. A Healthy Ego A healthy ego – that is – a mind that directs its thinking – gives us the ability to withstand the many […]

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A Tale of Two Non-Profits

June 9, 2017

Everyday you are a leader! Leaders live life on their own terms. They don’t let circumstances plunge them into contracting. Leaders maximize what they have. They influence others to join in and can persuade others because they are confident they are on the right path. Let me share a tale of two fictional non-profits.  Let’s […]

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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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