A turn-down isn’t personal. Seriously.

Ah that Seth Godin and his ability to say a lot in a few words. He did it again recently with a bit of sage advice that every fundraiser needs to hear and heed. Professionals take their work seriously. The work matters, the impacts and externalities are real. On the other hand, we can’t take […]

Tipperary, the long walk, and fundraising

“The leadership pool has never been more shallow,” a recently retired pastor commented as a carload of us hurried to the airport following a seminary board meeting. “Why do you think that is?” I asked. “Too few folks are willing to do the long walk,” he replied. Heads nodded knowingly as the wise board member […]

Generosity in quotes: Elle Johanna Basinger

Elle Johanna Basinger, daughter of Adam (the above-mentioned Daddy) and Wendy Basinger and adored granddaughter of Randy and Rebekah Basinger, in a note found in her bedroom

Board member, how about giving fundraising a try?

I don’t want to be one of those people who assumes that every member of every board is cut out for fundraising. And slap me down if I veer toward a description of board members as ATMs or “pay pals” for the organizations they serve. As I’ve said time again here at Generous Matters, the […]

Generosity in quotes: Walter Brueggemann

” . . . life does not consist in frantic production and consumption that reduces everyone else to threat and competitor. . . The odd insistence of the God of Sinai is to counter anxious productivity with committed neighborliness. The latter practice does not produce much; but it creates an environment of security and respect […]

Follow the love lines to the gift

A fundraising colleague told me about her work with a major donor prospect over a period of more than six months. She had focused the possible supporter in the direction of the project that was at the top of the organization’s must-fund list – raising money for AIDS programs in Africa. In anticipation of the […]

Generosity in quotes: Amanda J. Garcia

“As a gardener tends young plants to yield a great crop, and a parent teaches a child to generously give to others, so leaders might cultivate their communities by offering space to work, a seat at the table, and a voice to be heard — and all in the name of good Christian stewardship: investing […]

Singing abundance in the key of D major

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, See what God has done. — Johnson Oatman, Jr. Readers under the age of 50 likely aren’t familiar with the old gospel hymn “Count Your Blessings,” but it’s worth getting to […]

Generosity in quotes: Peter, Paul, and Mary

How will you ever know what might be found Until you let the walls come tumbling down, If there’s any hope for love at all Some walls, some walls must fall. From the song “Some Walls,” lyrics by American folk icons Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers

Yes, there is a “u” in fundraising, but it’s not about you.

Fundraisers are a passionate lot and with that passion comes strong opinions on various and sundry topics. However, there’s a time to  speak up for what you believe and a time to remain silent. Specifically, if your views run counter to those espoused by a donor with whom you are engaged in conversation, keep your […]