Weekly Ideas


Each week we email a Philanthropy Counts® Series 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 June 25, 2017

Weekly Idea - No More Pledges!


The word “Pledge” has a negative connotation. For many, they won’t even consider an extended payment plan.

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Published June 18, 2017

Weekly Idea - Value of a Large Board


Recently, we conducted a market research survey to determine the practice and success of Board training. You’ll be interested in some of the results. The findings are several dozen pages long. I’ll only share a few excerpts.

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Published June 11, 2017

Weekly Idea - They’re Getting Younger


In a recent exhaustive and in-depth study regarding philanthropy, they classify “younger donors” as those in the age range of 40-55. The results of their study are interesting. Important.

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Published June 4, 2017

Weekly Idea - From the Heart to the Checkbook


Daniel Oppenheimer is a psychologist at Princeton University and co-editor of the book, “The Science of Giving.” In some research he did for the book, he found that providing people information about a charity’s overhead costs makes them less likely to donate to it.

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Published May 26, 2017

Weekly Idea - They’re Waiting to be Asked


Have you ever wondered what to do about really outstanding men and women you want to have and keep more closely identified with your organization? I’m thinking of those who are not interested or willing to serve on your Board.

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Published May 21, 2017

Weekly Idea - Dream. Believe. Dare. Do it.


It’s been eight years since the American Embassy asked me to come to Mexico to help coach Mexican men and women about philanthropy. I make the trip now, often twice a year. I guess I’ve spoken to four or five thousand men and women.

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Published May 15, 2017

Weekly Idea - It Comes Back to You


Here begineth the lesson.

If you have been with me at one of my seminars or workshops, you’ve heard me preach the gospel of the joy of giving. You’ve also heard me speak of a phenomenon that takes place when a person makes a gift of significance.

Are you ready!

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Published May 6, 2017

Weekly Idea - Listen! I Hear a Gift


I received a note the other day from Chad Lane. He mentioned he had quoted a passage from one of my books (Born to Raise). He sent me a copy of the blog. Here’s what he quoted.