Things with the yard have screeched to a halt. Between poison ivy and my having a blister that got infected (ouch!) we’ve had to find other things to do. Books are finding their way to shelves and pictures are being hung on the wall. We’re able to find our pots and pans and starting to feel like it’s home.

But we went through a couple of weeks where everything was in disarray. It was overwhelming and felt like it would never come together. We’re feeling that way too now with the street in front of our house. It’s been torn up and everything looks like a mess. I trust though that the city knows what it’s doing and will indeed finish the work that it has started.

There is a possibility that you may be feeling this way related to your nonprofit – whether it be your fundraising efforts, your board or your programs. Sometimes we need to take the next step and trust that the ground will come up to meet us. We just need to take the next step and do the next right thing.

If you’re not sure what the next right step is or you realize that you really don’t have an overall plan, I encourage you to register for the workshop on June 20th. It’s all online and will help you develop an outline of your plan. Hope to ‘see’ you there.

Kind regards,



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Quote of the week: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde

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Here’s a summary of recent articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please forward this to others who might benefit from the information. Thanks again for reading!

Awareness / Communications

Fundraising Planning

  • You just gotta love older people Fundraisers, on average are pretty young.  Donors, on average are pretty old.  So we have an interesting gap to overcome in communication these fundraisers and donors. Read on here. @101fundraising
  • Initiating the Social Media Path to Purchase Model This is an interesting article to explore if you’re asking for money online. Whether we’re selling something or asking for a gift, the decision making process is very similar. Here are some perspectives from the for-profit perspective. @MSocialBusiness
  • Planning for Social Media Fundraising: Part 2 Big successes in online fundraising seem to be fairly unpredictable – often related to disasters or the passing of someone who was passionate about your cause. While those aren’t predictable, there are some ways put the pieces in place and plan for more consistent success with online fundraising. Here are some thoughts on that. @howardlake

Fundraising Tactics

  • The CEO of Coca-Cola on Using the Company’s Scale for Good Sponsorships often come out of a corporate social responsibility budget. Now that CSR has become mainstream, companies are getting a little more comfortable with having a greater impact. That means that the decision making process is changing. For some nonprofits this will be a welcome change, for others it may be a big wake-up call. Read on and decide which camp you might fall into. @HarvardBiz
  • Gail’s Guide to Brilliant Donor Cultivation Events Anything that Gail writes is great and insightful, so regardless of whether or not you are currently hosting cultivation events this is a must read. If you’re not hosting them, please consider starting. More and more donors are giving to those causes they feel personally connected to and these are a great way to build those connections. @GailPerrync
    7 Things You Must Do to Salvage Your Annual Fundraising Your annual giving program is the lifeblood of your fundraising planning. Read on to get some tips, encouragement and a real life story that may sound very familiar to you… @BloomerangTech


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