Weekly Ideas


Each week we email an idea (it takes less than a minute to read) about fundraising, something we think will be important to you in your fundraising efforts. Some issues in fundraising arise time and again— they may be unique to your situation, but not necessarily to development. We can help guide you through the pit-falls of asking for the gift or how to motivate a volunteer. We'll give you an edge.

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Published November 12, 2017

Weekly Idea - Truth in Levity — Irrefutable Fundraising Verities


Some irrefutable fundraising verities that will help you get through the next fiscal period.

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Published November 5, 2017

Weekly Idea - What’s Your Leadership Quotient?


Do you want to take a look at your skills as a leader? Do you dare!

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Published October 29, 2017

Weekly Idea - Live Longer


I read recently about some research that has come out of Simon Fraser University (Canada). It shows a direct link between philanthropy and well-being.

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Published October 22, 2017

Weekly Idea - Darn Good!


I had just finished my last presentation at a Board Retreat. It was a combined meeting of the System and the Foundation Boards of Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Published October 16, 2017

Weekly Idea - The Mighty Seven


Here are Seven Principles that apply to your printed material, your letters, and your personal presentations. They will assure you of impact. I promise you success.

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Published September 24, 2017

Weekly Idea - Thoughts for a Balanced Life and to Get You Through Any Crisis

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Published September 17, 2017

Weekly Idea - This Is Important. Please Note.


You’ve heard me preach about the importance of major gifts. It’s the Hymn I sing.

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Published September 10, 2017

Weekly Idea - Donor Attitude


There’s plenty you can’t do anything about.

You can’t, for instance, do anything that affects how a donor feels about the economy. Or the weather. Or, let’s say, about the President.