5 Secrets to Donor Happiness


I love the colors of early spring. They make me happy, lift my spirits and make me want to share my happiness. Here’s how you can be happy, experiencing pleasure and contentment. Warning donors, it requires spending. It requires giving of and beyond ourselves. If you have time, read Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton’s book Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. It outlines five core princip ...[Read More]

Entrepreneur or Artist, Be True to Your Giving Spirit

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News flash: Nonprofit organizations seldom have concrete goals, measurable outcomes or a precise strategic plan which can be relied upon by the donor to make safe, highly impactful and targeted gifts. Only the tiniest percentage of donors can be sure their charitable gift hits the bulls-eye of philanthropic intent. If the donor cannot be exacting, what’s left? Without realizing it, most donors giv ...[Read More]

The Exploring Donor…to Learn More and Give Better!


When does a question matter? Of course, that leads to what questions matter and to whom do they matter? Recently, I had the opportunity to help a donor think through the critical questions that needed to be answered by a nonprofit organization in hopes of a significant gift. We worked for some time crafting the questions on paper, re-wording, adding and taking away to get each one just right. Once ...[Read More]

Pockets Carry What We Care About. What’s In Your Pockets?

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Pockets carry what we care about, cash, change, credit cards, keys and cell phones. Pockets are hiding spots for nervous hands, little boy’s rocks and Littlest Pet Shop pets. As a child, my brother carried rocks in his pockets and my granddaughter today carries Littlest Pet Shop toys. Pockets were mostly practical in the seventeenth century and a fashion statement in Queen Victoria’s era. Pockets ...[Read More]

How Will Political Change Impact Your Giving? 


In the early eighties, as a very young nonprofit executive director, I experienced the impact of political change or rather the impact of the predictions of change. President Reagan was inaugurated in 1981. Tax reform winds were blowing strong. It took until 1986 for the tax reform act to pass Congress. During Reagan’s two terms of office, philanthropy changed in many ways, learning to rely less o ...[Read More]

Look, Listen and Learn for Better Giving This Year!


I don’t remember this for a fact, but I have it on good authority from author Robert Fulghum that the first word I learned from the Dick and Jane books of my first class reading circle was LOOK. It’s a very simple four letter word but has layers of meaning. To look at something is to direct our attention toward a person or thing in a very particular way. To look is intentional and purposeful. At l ...[Read More]

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