• Conferences,  General,  International,  Leadership,  Networking,  Professional Development

    Relationships are Everything

    So excited to announce the global virtual fundraising summit “Relationships are Everything”! ✓ Everything you need to know about how to do relationship fundraising properly. ✓ How to move from a reactional, transactional, “money-centered” approach – fundraising at people – to fundraising with people. ✓ Proven approaches to decolonizing relationships and fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion. Yes, count me in! The first ever global virtual summit dedicated to relationship fundraising powered by Fundraising Everywhere, and made possible thanks to support from the amazing Agents of Good and Bloomerang. Philanthropy thrives on relationships: no matter if you’re a one-person shop fundraiser, board member, beneficiary, digital fundraiser, philanthropist, volunteer, foundation, major gift…

  • Covid-19,  International

    Covid-19: 7 fundraisers in 7 places — update

    Covid-19 has created an intensely challenging moment in our lives, our history, and our economy. I was curious to know how my colleagues, who generously shared their insights at the beginning of the pandemic, are adapting to the changing situations in their parts of the world. Are they struggling? What can we learn? How are donors responding to the situation? The two common themes emerging from this mosaic of perspectives are 1) that successful fundraisers continue to fundraise, while being mindful and intentional with a focus on engagement and stewardship and 2) donors continue to support the causes they care about. Seven fundraising professionals in seven places: Robert Dixon, Director…

  • #donorlove,  Conferences,  Creative,  International

    IWITOT 2020 – the year I participated as a virtual speaker!

    A few weeks ago, I had the honor to be an invited speaker at IWITOT where I spoke about one of my favorite topics #donorlove. I’ll write a separate blog post about my presentation in the next few days. For now check out the speaker list and buy your recording of the virtual IWITOT here. All proceeds go to the SOFII Foundation! To celebrate brilliant fundraising and connect phenomenal fundraisers with amazing ideas, this year’s IWITOT was a completely virtual event and allowed people all over the globe to have access to some of the most inspiring campaigns in the sector.  Over 750 fundraisers joined in on April 21st 2020 to see 17…

  • Books,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  General,  International,  Professional Development

    Simone’s Bookshelf: more lifelong learning ideas

    Hi again from Simone Joyaux… More lifelong learning ideas. Just a quick run around my office. Authors / sources that I regularly read (or must read very soon!) – just good business stuff! Jim Collins Heath Brothers Seth Godin (His free daily blog and all his books!) Harvard Business Review About the nonprofit sector and fundraising and stuff…just a very very few… Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang (All their books and articles…And the reports on the website Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.) Roger Craver (Free daily blog and books) Jeff Brooks and Tom Ahern (Donor-centered communications) SOFII (Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration) Moceanic  These are just my top-of-mind this week. But…

  • Covid-19,  Healthcare Fundraising,  International

    Bill Littlejohn, Sharp HealthCare Foundation response to C19, part 2

    As we begin week four of quarantine/stay-at-home and prepare for the surge in San Diego; a Part II from my earlier post on our system’s response to COVID-19.  As for many of us and our communities, it is all C19 all the time.  It is important that in that focus, we also expand our giving opportunities and strive to maintain productive in a very disrupted work environment.  I encourage others to share your experiences as this will also be a learning experience for our programs and profession. Maintain productive work environment We’ve continued our combination of work at home as well as the office.  Beginning this week, all employees will…

  • Covid-19,  Healthcare Fundraising,  International

    Bill Littlejohn, Sharp HealthCare Foundation response to C19, part 1

    A HUGE thank you to Bill Littlejohn, CEO and Senior VP, Sharp HealthCare Foundation, San Diego, California, USA, for sharing what he posted on the AHP Huddle including the Update from the Foundations document – very powerful and educational! I love the clarity and transparency everything is being communicated with — it sure sets the bar high. This is fundraising excellence in practice. Wish other organizations would do this. I’m certain their donors appreciate this open communication immensely. So much to be learned from both pieces…. and from Bill (check out his insights here). I am so impressed with his openness to sharing his knowledge with colleagues. From Bill: Many…

  • Covid-19,  International

    Covid-19: 7 fundraisers in 7 places

    As the tide of the Covid-19 pandemic rolls on across the globe and into North America, it is threatening to crush some nonprofits, while others may find themselves riding on a relatively smooth wave of financial support. Most will find themselves somewhere in between. There are many unknowns and uncertainties as we navigate the stormy seas of fundraising and donor relations in the coming months. Relationship fundraising pioneer, Ken Burnett, suggests the crisis could be fundraising’s finest hour, when we turn to our donors with what he calls a ‘Let’s give before we get, sharing with our friends’ approach’. At the core is the “supporter’s experience that matters most.” Having…

  • Books,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  International,  Professional Development

    Simone’s Bookshelf

    Hip hip hooray! Simone Joyaux is in the house!! I’m so deeply honored to have this personal hero of mine and international fundraising “rock” star kick off The Fundraiser’s Bookshelf Series on my blog. THANK YOU, SIMONE!!! I had the immense luck of meeting Simone very early in my fundraising career and she has been my North Star all along. Do yourself a HUGE favor and read everything she has written and done — books, articles, webinars, videos, posts (she has a huge treasure trove of free resources on her website https://www.simonejoyaux.com, don’t forget to bookmark it!) — she is truly brilliant. I could go on and on singing her…