Tag Archives: Giving

Gifts or Giving – Dollars or Donors?

I have to admit I have always had a problem with receiving and giving gifts. It’s probably because I’m worried about the motivation behind the gift giving.  Do you ever wonder about it?  Does the person giving the gift really … Continue reading

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Amid All the Noise, Can YOU Listen?

Well, tomorrow, if you haven’t already done so, you will finally get to cast your ballot in the presidential election.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this campaign season to be over.  I feel like I’ve been … Continue reading

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Are YOU Prepared?

Hurricane Sandy literally dropped by my front door this week.  A large tree across the street came down and landed inches from our house.  It was a close call and we were lucky.  Unfortunately we are still without electricity.  Thankfully … 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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MGO Self Assessment – A Six Part Series: #1 The Importance of Evaluating Yourself as an MGO

Every once in a while it’s good to stop and look at yourself carefully to evaluate how you are doing in your major gift job. Jeff and I find that there are many MGO’s in very good organizations who just … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy; A Six-Part Series: #4—Telling Your Story

Do you know your organization’s story?  Do you know how it began and why it exists?   Have you ever considered why people support your organization? When I ask these questions of staff at non-profits I’m amazed at how many can’t … Continue reading

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy: A Six-Part Series; #2—The Donor as Part of Your Mission.

It was one of my worst days ever as a fundraiser.  Being young and ambitious, I was going to show my boss that I could bring in the money.  Besides, the board member I was about to ambush that day … Continue reading

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