Generosity in quotes: James Joyce

“While you have a thing it can be taken from you…but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.”     James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet  

Good board hunting

Topping the list of frequently asked board-related questions that come my way is how to fill empty board seats with quality recruits. With nonprofits proliferating at break-neck speed, competition for board members is keen. Throw in expectations like competent, committed, and/or generous and you might as well be chasing Bigfoot. There ain’t no such creature […]

Generosity in quotes: Delonte Gholston

“To our downfall, we ignore the voices of the prophets that point to the corruption, bribery, and greed of a people whose faith and appetites have been turned ravenously inward rather than graciously outward. A faith turned ravenously inward is concerned only with our own families, our own fears, our own hopes, “our ministry,” and […]

Beware “iceberg beliefs” that can sink your organization

“Ours has always been a hand-to-mouth existence,” the seminary president commented with a shrug and a sheepish smile. “I can’t imagine that thriving is in our future.” Neither can a lot of the other ministry heads and board members with whom I’ve worked. A wide swath of the nonprofit sector has been down so long […]

Generosity in quotes: Alexandra Kuykendall

“It’s [the] small moments where the choice lies. Right in between the beautiful and the boring. These small moments determine how we want to view, even live, our days. With disappointment and criticism or with gratitude for the goodness that we can’t run from. God’s goodness that follows us to every corner of our mundane […]

Special event fundraising, ugh! But if you must . . .

A flood of emails urged members of a ministry’s Outreach Committee to round-up prizes for the spring bike/walk fundraiser. We’re talking a veritable fundraiser’s dream team — networked, talented, and unafraid to ask big — being “challenged” to chase after everything from free movie passes and ice cream coupons to a $5-$10 gift certificate.  “Or […]

Generosity in quotes: A. A. Milne

Don’t let size get you down

We North Americans are enamored with big, which likely explains the tendency of nonprofit folk to round-up just about everything. Clients served, students educated, meals dished out, lives changed. You name it and the accounting is probably exaggerated. The lengths CEOs and board members go to make their causes sound bigger and more impactful is […]

Generosity in quotes: John Stoker

” . . . there is something to be said for how we treat others on our team and the deliberate attempts we make at recognizing others for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to do their best in providing value in what they do. After all, lifting one another is how we lift […]

97.8% of the time, lapsed means long gone

Fundraisers in nonprofits large and small devote considerable time and money trying to win back the affection (and gifts) of folks who’ve not shown up for a couple of years or more. And for good reason. The conventional wisdom of our trade tells us that there’s gold in “them thar hills.” Truth be told, I’ve […]