It is a Calling

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about how lucky I am and how fortunate our clients are.I suppose I’ve earned a reputation for always thinking about fundraising and growing philanthropy.  The truth is, that’s probably the truth.  Most people wouldn’t be proud of that fact, but I am.Every day nearly 400 nonprofits benefit from…

Recognition Is Still Important

I have had trouble writing this blog.  For a number of reasons, the Paterno/Sandusky/Penn State/and you could add several other past leaders of Penn State debacle has been of interest to me.In my fundraising practice, I have served many domestic violence and child abuse prevention organizations. I understand the horrific things that happen to people. …

Fundraising in Kansas

Most of you know I grew up in Kansas and served four higher education institutions, three of them in senior post.  So I can’t help noticing that it’s been a big week for fundraising for a couple of universities that hold my attention, if not a piece of my heart.First, let me tell you how…

On Donor Intent . . . Again

I thought you would be interested the story, “Testing Donor’s Intent, 350 Years Later” from The Wall Street Journal.I have taken a couple of months off from writing my blog.  Some of you have asked about my health, attitude, etc.  I assure you all is fine.  It took a violation of donor intent, now over…

Paterno Fundraising Challenge

Obviously, the focus of this controversy should be on the victims of child abuse.  We have had many clients who work in this field so we have an up-close view of the short and long-term implications of this horrific crime.  It looks like the police and the legal system will now do their jobs.  A…

What You Don’t Know You Need

As you start reading this blog, understand that I know I am no Steve Jobs.  Ask anyone — I was wearing those black mock turtle necks before he was.But his story gives me an opportunity to raise a point.Okay now that I have your attention, I want to talk about thinking.I hear you: Oh, no, Bob…