Generosity in quotes: David Miliband

“If you only look at the statistics, yes, it’s depressing. But then you talk to the people and you remember why you’re doing what you do.”   David Miliband, president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s largest humanitarian aid organizations, as quoted in the article, “How a Visionary […]

Here comes the judge and there goes your overtime

The very day I posted an article here at Generous Matters in which I linked the update in U.S. regulations for overtime pay with Jesus’ command about love of neighbor, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary nationwide injunction against the Labor Department’s ruling. With a swipe of his pen, Judge Amos Mazzant III […]

Giving isn’t just for Tuesday

Excuse me for raining on the #givingtuesday celebration parade. If the day went well for you and yours, hooray! But I’m still fuming about the torrent of reminder emails that flooded my inbox that past Tuesday. Never mind that I’m a regular donor to many of the good causes urgently seeking my #givingtuesday gift. There […]

Pocketbook voters

You’ve likely heard it said that people vote with their pocketbooks. I’ve used the old saw myself when encouraging nonprofit leaders (board members, CEOs, and fundraising staff) to mind trend lines in annual giving. Now we have proof to back the idiom. Tucked among the findings of Giving USA 2106 is this: “When it comes […]

Generosity in quotes: Mary Steele

“Many people ask me, ‘How do we solve homelessness?’ And I think the better question to ask ourselves is, ‘How do we come alongside the person experiencing homelessness?’ I think the answer is first, we have to know their name. Then, we have to find a way to offer them hope.”   Mary Steele, executive […]

No rest for weary, but for some, overtime pay (maybe)

Throughout much of late 2015 and into early 2016, the US nonprofit sector was abuzz over the Department of Labor’s updates to federal overtime regulations. Online chatter died down during the heat of the presidential campaign, but attempts to circumvent the new rules continued. A cottage industry of sorts has sprung up as consultants and […]

Generosity in quotes: John Hudson

“The British poet Byron Percy Shelley wrote, ‘A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of many others…the great instrument of moral good is the imagination.’ In this way, moral good stems from moral imagination: the ability to imagine what life is really like for […]

It’s time to vote competition off the island

I love when an idea that’s central in my teaching, writing, and consulting on fundraising is confirmed in the words of a thought leader admired by millions. I beam with satisfaction knowing my message will be amplified many times over by the reach of a significant other — someone like organizational guru and blogger par […]

Generosity in quotes: Gary Eberle

“Sacred time is what we experience when we step outside the quick flow of life and luxuriate, as it were, in a realm where there is enough of everything, where we are not trying to fill a void in ourselves or the world, where we exist for a moment at both the deepest and the […]

What if it’s not what you say but how you sit, stand, or twitch?

You’ve summoned up your courage to ask for that big gift. Perhaps you’ve gone so far as to role-play with a colleague your solicitation pitch. At last, you’ve found your fundraising voice and you’re eager to use it. But wait. There’s another “voice” that needs your attention. It’s the one that donors “hear” by observing […]