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 August 13, 2017

Weekly Idea - Evaluate Your Board Meetings


I had just started my consulting relationship with Asheville School. It’s a very special high school in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Published August 6, 2017

Weekly Idea - Testing Strategy Strength


McKinsey is considered the premiere firm in management consulting. There may be other firms as good, but very few.

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Published July 30, 2017

Weekly Idea - Think Anne Frank


I recently had a note from Mal Warwick. He wrote me from Shanghai.

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Published July 24, 2017

Weekly Idea - You Have a Brand...Good or Bad


What the devil is all the hubbub about, “Branding”?

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Published July 16, 2017

Weekly Idea - Shame!


We just completed a fascinating study for an organization. They were hemorrhaging their donors.

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Published July 9, 2017

Weekly Idea - Here's a Great Idea


For a long time, I wondered how to help our clients describe the benefits of their different levels of giving.

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Published July 5, 2017

Weekly Idea - Seeking a Mentor or Coach


Josh Bersin is a noted management consultant and an expert on corporate leadership. He was involved with General Electric— first with Jack Welch and then Jeffrey Immalt.

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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.