Today I was reading a news article about a man who went to court in Ohio to overturn his own death. He was not successful and unfortunately had to walk out of court a dead man. Allow me to explain. Donald Miller disappeared back in 1994 and his wife eventually went to court to have Read More →

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Last month I was watching Law and Order with my teenage son. One of the characters had committed a relatively minor infraction and was sentenced to Home Detention for 3 months, wearing an ankle monitor. We got into a discussion about ankle monitors and KJ asked me ‘if the person cut the ankle monitor off, Read More →

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I was consulting for a small organization led by a new Executive Director who had no fund raising experience.  Typically I try to stay away from going on solicitations as a consultant, rather I help devise strategy and provide training to build capacity.  This particular ED was deathly afraid of asking for money so I Read More →

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Back in the day I had an executive director who did not like me to publicly announce large gifts to the organization.  She felt that if the community and/or donors perceived that we had too much money, it would impact our fund raising negatively and we would encounter financial distress.  She believed that donors want Read More →

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Recently I was speaking to a colleague about my need to identify a donor for the purpose of throwing a House Party.  This person, who was “older” like me, made a comment that she did not see what “Kid ‘n Play” has to do with raising money.  We had a laugh but it got me Read More →

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Executive directors at small nonprofit organizations have said to me in the past that branding is for the ‘big organizations.’ For example, the Red Cross is one of the top three recognized brands in the world. Obviously they have the resources to invest in brand awareness and they understand the benefits. Many leaders of small Read More →

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Take a look at this post from Gail Perry. It is excellent. If you see these signs at your organization it is time for action. KLM

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