Tag Archives: connection

What’s in a Question?

This post originally appeared on Medium.  I’ll keep reposting these on my blog from time to time. If you want to learn more about Lean Data, check out the full story in this Stanford Social Innovation Review Article.  And there’s … Continue reading

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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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