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A philanthropy problem

The easiest thing to forget when you are raising funds is this: Philanthropists have a philanthropy problem By “philanthropists” I mean people who consistently engage in philanthropy–people for whom philanthropy an important part of what they do and who they … Continue reading

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INSTEAD or AND philanthropy

This is the age-old cannibalization question, the sleeping giant we are terrified to wake. It’s the specific story, the individual program that connects with a donor in a deeper way BUT might pull them away from precious, scarce, unrestricted support. … Continue reading

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Meaning it

I just received johnson banks’ quarterly newsletter. This is the first paragraph: Hello This is the autumn edition of johnson banks did this, heavily skewed to a project that’s taken up most of our year so far. If our electronic … Continue reading

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The humanity ante

The “ante” in poker is a bet that every player has to make before the hand is played. Before the cards are dealt, each player puts some money on the table – usually a small amount – and this makes … Continue reading

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It’s all personal

You can read every webpage about every foundation’s strategy. You can scour CSR reports to see about a company’s social priorities. You can analyze an individual’s past giving and the boards they serve on to understand their philanthropic priorities. That … Continue reading

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The show

Every talk, every event, every time you bring people together, you are really speaking to just a handful of people. This is your real audience, the people you are addressing, the ones you hope will be changed by that experience. … Continue reading

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Razoo tweets and Ira Glass

On Monday I noticed a tweet from the nonprofit fundraising site Razoo, quoting a blog post of mine from 2012. It was the elegant graphic they’d created from my blog post that made me do a little jig.   The bonus … Continue reading

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