Category Archives: fundraising

Personal, with an element of surprise

As I sat down at my desk at work to start the new year, I found two envelopes on my chair. The first one was a big envelope, 11 x 14.  I opened it up to find a report with … Continue reading

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So, you looking?

Not long ago I bumped into a headhunter at a cocktail party, a woman I hadn’t seen in nearly a decade.  Her second sentence (second!), after, “How are you?” was, “So, are you looking for a job?” Wow. The easy … Continue reading

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Don’t take it personally

Jonathan Lewis’ recent blog post and accompanying video on fundraising hits the nail on the head: “The best fundraisers don’t fundraise.  Instead, they teach people to take realistic – and unrealistic!  – risks in the service of a better world. … Continue reading

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Everyone a fundraiser

A colleague of mine – someone who has never been a formal part of Acumen’s fundraising team but who has done a good deal of fundraising  – said that a series of recent meetings with new donors reminded her of … Continue reading

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Neglected, then out the door

I was a DIRECTV subscriber for about six years, until I wasn’t.  Meaning, over time the ~$65/month (once it was all said and done) started to sting more and more, and while I was generally happy with the service, the … Continue reading

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Are you a fundraiser?

There’s an old line that parents swap, and it goes something like: People who aren’t parents think that there’s not a chasm between people who are and are not parents.  People who are parents know that there is one. It’s … Continue reading

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What do you want?

It’s actually very easy to communicate what you’d like someone to do.  The NY MTA does it simply, with a bigger box. Of course this applies to web design, IRS tax forms, etc.  But it also applies to how you … Continue reading

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No Ask?

The fundraiser typically sweats about when the perfect moment is to make “the ask.”  It’s a Goldilocks mentality: not too soon, not too late. Broadly speaking that is right.  But not if it means there’s no a sense of purpose. … Continue reading

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Saving lunchtime

The other day I got lunch at Bowery Eats, a cooking supply store in Chelsea Market that also happens to have a sandwich bar.  My timing was terrible and when I got there at 1:20pm, there was a long line … Continue reading

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Deep and abiding respect for…

…the philanthropists who, along with you, make it all possible. The philanthropists who dare to dream of a different, better world. The philanthropist who decides, when she doesn’t have to, to do something, not just to talk about it. The … Continue reading

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