• 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,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  Leadership,  Professional Development,  Reading list

    Leadership in Times of Crisis

    The number one challenge I’ve been hearing from leaders around the globe throughout the pandemic has been about leading teams remotely. It comes up in every conversation thus I started gathering resources here and will be adding more: Check out the May update of the Covid-19: 7 fundraisers in 7 places article for great tidbits on leadership currently in action. Here’s a reading list from the Harvard Business Review: The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis LeadershipWhat your people actually need from you. Communicating Through the Coronavirus CrisisBe as transparent as you can. What Good Leadership Looks Like During This PandemicThe approach that’s setting nimble leaders apart. Lead Your Team into a…

  • 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…

  • Day in Life,  Professional Development

    Day in Life – Covid-19 Edition – Cynthia Khoo-Robinson

    There’s so much to say about Cynthia. We met through the AFP Cincinnati Mentoring Program and she’s been an amazing mentor to me ever since. She introduced me to higher ed donor relations and stewardship, which was exactly what I needed at the time to become a more well-rounded fundraiser. The photo on the right is the Cincy gang at ICON 2018 in New Orleans. Thank you, Cynthia, for always having my back and sharing your new found routine with us! Cynthia Khoo-Robinson, CFRE, Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving at University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA Cynthia has more than 30+ years experience raising money…

  • 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…

  • Day in Life,  Professional Development

    A Day in the Life – Tracy Wells

    Welcome to a new series I’m starting on the “Day in the Life” of a fundraising professional! It features the workday routine of awesome fundraisers and is inspired by the series for nonprofit communicators over on Kivi’s Nonprofit Marketing Guide It is a honor for me to kick-off this new series with the workday routine of my mentor and friend Tracy Wells. Tracy has been a true rock in my personal professionalization journey. We had a blast working together on National Philanthropy Day for two years in a row and together with Aaron Bley, we call ourselves the 3 Musketeers. Tracy is an inspiration – she has vast experience, she’s…