Generosity in quotes: Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie

“In a lonely society, to listen is to love. And in a polarized society, to listen is to offer a winsome witness. . . There are no guarantees as to what others will choose to do when we choose to listen, any more than there are when we choose to speak. But we can take […]

Listening for the gift

Most people think of fundraising as all about the ask. But truth be told, the best gifts come because a fundraiser listened. Don’t get me wrong. Asking is important. In fact, the majority of small to mid-size ministries have not because the fundraising team doesn’t ask as much as they should. However, after observing a […]

Generosity in quotes: Leo Buscaglia

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia (Dr. Love), author, motivational speaker, and university professor

How not to annoy donors

One article back, I encouraged fundraisers to see themselves through donors’ eyes. Today, the guys over at The Agitator, a daily must-read for me, picked up the theme with a comment from Claire Axelrad, another blogger and fundraising consultant extraordinaire, as their springboard.  (I love when great minds think alike, especially when those minds agree […]