Tribe

I’ve been thinking a lot about an amazing book I read recently called Tribe by Sebastian Junger. He masterfully investigates our inherent need for belonging, our often palpable desire to be part of a shared community. Junger provides multiple examples of groups of people who are happiest when they belong to a community, even when…

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Five Simple Year-End Major Gift Steps

Re-post from November 2015. It’s that time again, the Giving Season, when more than half of all individual donor philanthropy happens in America. This is the time of year when clients and colleagues tell me: We don’t have any major donor prospects, so how can we raise major gifts? Here’s my answer, in five simple…

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Teaching the Most Feared Group in America

Week before last, I and another member of the Hazen team taught AFP’s Fundamentals of Fundraising to 15 members of the Development, Marketing and Operations staff at an Islamic emergency response organization. Globally there are approximately 1.6B Muslims (this figure is based on the Pew Research Center’s most recent estimate), and roughly forty-four Islamic countries.…

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Olympics

Six Olympians Show Us What it Takes to Succeed

The Simones. Yusra. Michael. Kohei. Missy. All amazing stories. All exceptional, fascinating and complex people. Some gold medal winners, others headed home early for a variety of reasons. What do they all have in common? What can we learn from them, and how do these lessons apply to the critical mission-driven work we do every…

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A Winter’s Tale

What is it about a snowstorm that brings out the best in people? And what can we learn from it as fundraisers, philanthropy agents, and mission-driven leaders? There are three things that really stood out for me this past week as I watched and listened to peoples’ reactions to Winter Storm Jonas. 1. Being in…

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Five Simple Year-End Major Gift Steps

It’s that time again, the Giving Season, when more than half of all individual donor philanthropy happens in America. This is the time of year when clients and colleagues tell me: We don’t have any major donor prospects, so how can we raise major gifts? Here’s my answer, in five simple steps: Identify your top…

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Time the Avenger

After presenting Challenging Conversations in a Changing Philanthropic Landscape with Andrea McManus (search for either of our last names to find the conference handout here), I had every intention of writing a blog post about the inspiring AFP International Conference in Baltimore. I was going to share, highlight, and applaud! Then my client work, volunteer…

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Who Do You Love?

As fundraisers, we talk often about the official definition of philanthropy: love of humankind. But did you know that Plato referred to “philanthropia” in his philosophical dialogues as a state of being productive to benefit humans, associated with freedom and democracy? The acclaimed Greek philosopher considered philanthropy to be absolutely vital to building a humane…

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