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Get Out of the Way & Let
the Donor Make the Gift

A friend of mine who owns a business recently told me he had contacted an educational organization about making a $50,000 gift. It was to be his first gift to the organization. Now, this was my friend making the contact, not the educational organization making a...

An Example of Bad Email Damaging Relationship

I recently received an email request purporting to come from the president of the alumni association of a large private university. It asked me to call the vendor who was preparing a new alumni directory so that I could verify my information. What a scam! The email...

Say No to Contingent Pay

"Why not work on a percentage, bonus or commission for funds raised?" I am often asked. To increasing numbers, that seems to be the new "wave" of things. They suggest that maybe the old practice of working for a salary--one that should be fair and...

When I Forgot the Meaning of Philanthropy

Recently, during a meeting at our Church, I talked to Alice, our pastoral associate, about my wife Joyce and I offering to give a special major contribution for a program she heads. Alice is in charge of a group who regularly review the cases of fellow parishioners in...

Are You Responding to Inquiries Quickly Enough?

Nonprofit organizations are not entities with the principal mission to sell their goods and services in a way that maximizes the profit that reaches the bottom line. After all they are called nonprofits. However many nonprofits do have an earned income component. And...

Say Thanks even if You Don’t Get the Grant

I was greatly saddened recently to learn of the death of a key foundation official in our area whose generous and caring philanthropy was instrumental in giving me a running start as the new and first development director of a major non-profit organization. In my...


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