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 […]

Generosity in quotes: JB Miller

“The best gifts are those given when we expect nothing in return — giving not driven by obligation but by love and generosity. The benefits we get from these gifts remind us that, as Scripture say, it is ‘more blessed to give than to receive’ — and, as others suggest, that it is possible to […]

The parable of surfing dogs, your board, and fundraising

Topping the list of most often asked questions from frustrated nonprofit CEOs and ministry heads is “How do I get my board to grab hold of fundraising?” I long for curiosity about the basics of good governance. But given the financial situation (miserable) of the majority of small to mid-size nonprofits, a shift in focus […]

Generosity in quotes: Katrina VanHuss

“If you are raising money to make something better, this is who you are: someone willing to be taken, in order to give.”   Katrina VanHuss, consultant and founder of Turnkey Promotions, from a blog article titled “Why We Do What We Do: Willing To Be Taken in Order to Give”