‘Tis the Season to be Sustainable

As we approach the end of the calendar year, many nonprofits are wringing their hands over just how much money will come in these last two months of the year.  Most nonprofits report that between 30 and 45% of annual contributions come in this period.  The success or failure of year-end giving has a large impact on an organization, often resulting in decisions about layoffs or programmatic cutbacks, or, if expectations are exceeded, the chance to breathe easier for another year.

There is a fundamental error Read more

What Feeds your soul?

I am sure that if you are fortunate, as I am, you have eaten your way through the recent Thanksgiving holiday and anxiously anticipating the holiday feasts still to come.  Thus, I’m pretty certain that for most of you, your body is well fed.

But how’s your soul doing?  This is a need which I hear repeatedly, mostly from people explaining to me why they have decided to leave the corporate world and join the nonprofit world.  I heard it again in a recent  story on Read more

Twisted into Knots at Year-End

When things come together in a short period of time, I pay attention.  So, this blog is my paying attention to this series of events that happened last week, all related to year-end fundraising anxieties.

So, the first event:  a reporter called to ask me what was I hearing about people’s (meaning nonprofit staff and board) attitude towards philanthropic giving as we move into the frenzy of end of the year giving.  So I decided to ask around, and heard a lot.  I asked about 50 Read more

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