Prepping for Hurricane Sandy and storm spotting from boardrooms

It’s been a crazy few days here in south central Pennsylvania as we prepared for and then weathered Hurricane Sandy. Unlike our neighbors to the east, this corner of the Mid-Atlantic region came through the storm with limited damage – an outcome you’d expect to elicit a unanimous chorus of praise. However, when the worst […]

Cadence, the 20 Mile March, and God’s abundance

Today I begin work with a strategic planning committee at a nearby faith-based nonprofit. As is true for virtually all organizations of its type, there are serious issues to be addressed ASAP and patience is running thin even before the planning has commenced. Although not included among the deliverables listed in my letter of agreement […]

Fundraising and eating elephants

You’ve heard the one about how to eat an elephant. It’s done one bite at a time. The point, of course, is that seemingly daunting challenges are easier to “swallow” when approached incrementally. We’ve been convinced that it takes massive action to achieve anything of significance. Yet for most of us, most of the time, […]

Summer projects to make your fundraising program more productive (part one)

Today’s e-newsletter from This Old House includes a list of summer projects for the weekend DIYer. That got me thinking. What might a summer spruce-up schedule look like for This Old Fundraising Program? Here’s my shot at a list of projects for development DIYers, one for each week between now and Labor Day. The suggested […]

Even good ideas may have to die

On first read, the phrase “murder board” is a jolt to pacifist sensibilities. But not to fear. It’s excess ideas, not the folks who dream them up, that author and Silicon Valley strategist Nilofer Merchant targets in The New How: Creating Business Solutions through Collaborative Strategy. She explains: Murder boarding is a kind of counter-weight […]