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Three Things that Bother Me About Our Industry–#1—Leadership Will Not Raise Money.

Generally, I consider myself to be a positive person.  I can usually see hope in almost any situation.  But lately, a few things have really been bugging me so much about the industry I love and they keep coming at … Continue reading

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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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No Donor Pays For Overhead!

There is something about overhead that is so toxic to major gift officers that they literally run away from it every time it gets close to them. And it’s not only MGOs that are repulsed by the topic.  Managers and … Continue reading

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Do You HAVE needs or do you MEET needs?

There is not a non-profit on the face of the earth that has a need.  Not one. Think about it.  What need does a non-profit have? Well, you could argue that a non-profit needs money, talent, publicity, gifts in kind, … 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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Are YOU Looking for a Job?—A Two-Part Series

Many times in our blog, Richard and I have written about the qualities an MGO or development professional should possess to be considered great, or at least be on the short list for being hired. I want to turn that … Continue reading

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How To Love “The Same Old Thing” in Major Gifts

It’s called “The Grass is Greener Syndrome”.  Everything else always looks better.  Anything old is always boring. If it isn’t new, innovative and cutting edge, then it can’t possibly work. I suppose it’s the human condition – we constantly compare … Continue reading

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