They Want to be Our Friends!

That is how we feel about our clients.  Ever read the Berenstain Bears books to children?  Our son, Austin, liked them a lot.  If it was our turn to pick, we usually chose Learn About Strangers.  Austin talked to everyone, and everyone loved talking him.  (By the way, he still does).  After letting him slip…

Curiosity

Last Christmas I was with a young and very talented fundraiser from the University of Missouri Kansas City who was giving me a ride home in a storm.  As we turned the corner to my condo, she asked me what I thought made a good fundraiser.  You know, when you’ve been in the business as…

What’s Bowling Got to Do With It?

It is a Sunday afternoon.  During football season, many don’t know is that I watch bowling the first quarter of the NFL game.  I’m not embarrassed to tell you, I love bowling.  So I watch for an hour or so the PBA, Professional Bowlers Association games.Well, today the intercollegiate game is being broadcast.  It is…

Even the Donor knew Better

John and Dave were sitting at the bar in my favorite watering hole in Portland, Maine.  The Dry Dock has a great salad that just hits the spot and a Bloody Mary to die for—the kind that’s could be a meal in itself, with a huge stalk of celery and a nice, plump shrimp.   But…

Happy Days Are Here Again!

While there continues to be some headline drama about 2009 Giving, the reality is, it was a good year . . . if you focused on individuals, if you had diversified your funding base, if you were persistent and tenacious, if you worked hard, if you could articulate your mission and present accountability for what…

Giving of our Talent to Those in Need

In just a little over a week, Kinetic Consultants will again offer their time and talent as part of our Hartsook Institutes’ Growing Philanthropy Days of Service.  Increasing philanthropy is, after all, our mission. This time it will be in Washington, DC and Baltimore just before the 47th AFP International Conference between April 9 and 14. …

Millions Are Still Being Given Away

Harder to find? Yes. More difficult to close?  Darn right. Creativity required?  Absolutely.I will be participating with the Chronicle of Philanthropy in a live discussion on getting million dollar gifts in this economy next Tuesday, February 9 at noon EST.  It should be interesting, so plan to join us: http://philanthropy.com/article/Seeking-Big-Gifts-in-Tough/63880/ Readers of my blog will…

Watch for a Bigger Pie

I have now read cover to cover the Giving USA report which was recently published.  I am so glad there is an historic estimate about what goes on in fundraising each year.  This research changed my career. When I started raising money, like most of us do in the beginning, I went to foundations and corporations.  Back…