Category Archives: Mission

Five New Year’s Resolutions for an Outstanding 2013–#5—Move Forward

New Year’s resolutions can be powerful.  They can either take you to a new place in life or have the power to make you feel like a complete loser. Over the years I have made dozens of New Year’s resolutions.  … Continue reading

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Five New Year’s Resolutions for an Outstanding 2013–#1 Take Time for Reflection

Sometimes it feels like time is going so fast that a week or even a month has gone by and I have no idea how it happened.  Do you ever feel like that? Our world seems like it’s speeding up … Continue reading

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There is Joy in Suffering

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”    -Rumi  I don’t like pain.  For most of my life I’ve either denied or avoided suffering.  Pain and suffering are things I have to consciously invite into my life or … Continue reading

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Your Donor Is Watching

It always amazes me to find out how many non-profit professionals actually believe that donors are not watching what they are doing.  I’m not sure they actually believe that – but they behave that way. This “not watching” belief/behavior happens … Continue reading

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MGO Self Assessment – A Six Part Series: #6 – Do You Make Your Donors Feel Special?

DO I REALLY MATTER? That’s the question each of the donors on your caseload is asking? “Do I really matter?” And there are a thousand ways to tell them they don’t, not the least of which is not knowing who … Continue reading

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MGO Assessment – A Six Part Series: #4 – Can You Shake Off Negativism?

A major gift officer’s life has a great deal of rejection in it.  There are a lot of “no’s” and turndowns.  On the surface one could argue that this is no life to lead. But hang on a minute.  This … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy; A Six-Part Series: #6—Practical Ideas to Start Implementing Today.

I hope that through this series you have begun to understand how important it is to develop a healthy, vibrant culture of philanthropy in your organization.  Actually, it’s beyond important.  Richard and I believe that it will be crucial if … Continue reading

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