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 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.

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Published April 29, 2017

Weekly Idea - The Fundraiser's Measuring Stick Inscription

I’ve had so many return my last book to me . . . to ask for an inscription.

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Published April 23, 2017

Weekly Idea - Who are you listening to?

I sent an e-mail recently on the importance of listening (one of my favorite subjects). In response, I heard from Steve Dickie. He is CEO of Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa.

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Published April 16, 2017

Weekly Idea - If a Sixth Grader Can Understand It, You’re on the Right Track

There’s a beautiful verse from Ecclesiastes: “I saw that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the men of skill. But time and chance happen to them all.”