Communication. A word that is so recognizable and easy to define, yet so hard to accomplish. Businesses close, marriages fail, and families are estranged every year due to communication issues. Surely we can do better. I started working in healthcare philanthropy in 2013. Fast forward to 2020. I really enjoy the opportunity to help connect Read More →

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In small organizations, it is critical that everyone pitch in to ensure that things get done.  This means that sometimes your title is not what dictates how you spend your time.  Small organizations notoriously have fewer staff and each person is responsible for things that, traditionally, might not go along with their title, education, or Read More →

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Recently I had an executive from a small nonprofit in Kansas ask me how to improve organizational sustainability in the New Year.  There have been a lot of predictions regarding how the new tax legislation will impact nonprofit organizations.  Some predict that it will be even more difficult to effectively raise money in the new financial Read More →

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As I spoke to colleagues in preparation for this article, similar versions of the same question came up a couple of times. “Why are you writing about cannabis, you don’t know anything about it?” It is true – I do not use cannabis and so my knowledge about the specific product is limited to what Read More →

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A few months ago, I had the chance to attend the “Experience Hendrix” show in Denver.  This is a nationwide tour, managed by Experience Hendrix LLC under the leadership of President and CEO Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister.  The tour includes some of today’s top blues and rock guitarists and is designed to share the music Read More →

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If you have been raising money for any length of time, surely by now you will have been told ‘no.’  Sometimes a ‘no’ can be a major setback, especially if there is no Plan B in place.  Was it something I said?  Was it something I didn’t say?  What will happen to the project?  How Read More →

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Have you ever been trying to reach a donor and left a LOT of messages? I don’t mean “all in the same day,” that could be construed as stalking and no one wants that. I am referring to calling the same donor/prospect over and over without getting a return call. Perhaps you might call twice Read More →

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People often think I am just “talking” when I tell them about how amazing Colorado donors are. As we celebrate Colorado Gives Day 2015, I want to give a bit more context so that people understand just what I mean. I have been raising money for more than 20 years. I can’t believe I am Read More →

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As the number of nonprofit organizations in the US continues to rise, so does the need to raise money for those organizations. From large, multi-national organizations to small local organizations, money is a critical need to ensure that programs get delivered and all regulatory and reporting requirements are met. So, as a board member, committee Read More →

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Have you ever had a donor get mad at you and/or your organization? I have and I can tell you that it is not fun. I do not like conflict or “drama” and so I don’t like having to deal with these situations. I have learned throughout the years, however, that it is always better Read More →

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