Tag: fundraising

Networking: What Can It Do For You?

  Whenever I tell people from outside of Atlanta that I was born and raised here, they usually have some comment on either how big the city is or how bad the traffic is. My response is usually, “No, it’s really not, and my commute to work is less than a mile.” I am often… Read more »

Rules of Solicitation: The Script

  After only 10 minutes into the conversation, the prospect said, “I am satisfied that you have met all the requirements for fundraising success that I requested several months ago. I’m ready to sign and pledge $2 million dollars to this effort.” The two solicitors looked at each other in disbelief. Carefully scripted, they were… Read more »

Now or Later: Helping Your Board Members

  During my college days, I was a master of procrastination when it came to writing papers. There’s nothing like a deadline to get the “creative juices” flowing, to heighten focus and to ramp up stress!! For the most part, I’ve tried to gain better time management skills the older I’ve become. But I still… Read more »

Learning the Language

  By Mark Belcher, Partner After more than 20 years of working in and with various types of development organizations – higher ed, research, hospitals, etc. – one thing I have come to appreciate is that there is more often than not a considerable gap translating our work into the language of business operations. As is… Read more »

Proper Stewardship: It’s More Than A “Thank You!”

  By Katie MacKenzie, Project Coordinator Stewardship. In the development world we’ve all heard of it, we all discuss it, and we all agree it is important. However, so often I see some of the clients with which I work think that a simple Thank You note is just that, a simple note. While I… Read more »

Engaging Generation Z

  By Project Manager, Heather Thornton   Recently, my teenage cousin came for a short visit. She is an amazing kid – smart, funny, engaging…so much so that I sometimes forget I am dealing with a 15-year old and not an older, more mature person. I would say that she represents a fairly typical Gen… Read more »

Leave A Legacy

“I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love…I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…” I was reminded of those lines from a 1971 Coca-Cola ad as I read an article in Planned Giving Today  about ‘Leave A Legacy.’  Now, I know I’m showing my age with… Read more »

Engaging In Social Media Platforms

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress, YouTube, Tumblr… the list goes on. Social media is taking over the internet and how we communicate with one another.  If your organization doesn’t have a social media presence you might as well live in the Stone Age. But what does your social media platform do for your giving? It… Read more »

Don’t Treat Your Board Chair And Campaign Chair Like This!

A previous blog offered suggestions on how to aggravate your board in four easy steps. Following up on that post, I’ve received suggestions on how to not only tick off your board chair but your campaign chair as well. Some of these came from chairs that we have worked with throughout the years. It brought… Read more »

Crowdfunding: The Ask of the Future or Just Another Tool in the Tool Belt?

By Katie MacKenzie, Project Coordinator Crowdfunding. Every week on my various social media feeds, I see at least one or two Kickstarter, GoFundMe, or Indiegogo-type pleas for fundraising support.  Some of the causes are noble – supporting a medical mission trip to Haiti, assisting underserved students in need of new classroom supplies – while others… Read more »