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Years ago, I read a news article about the various ways that fundraisers were compensated. True to the American way, the opinions of those interviewed were varied. The story covered bonuses, set percentage commissions, "finder's fees," flat raises, and the decisions that CEOs were making on...
The question of how to expand your base of financial supporters comes up all the time – whether you’re a small and scrappy startup or a large, well-established organization. Before we examine some of your best options to build a mailing list of verifiably interested supporters, let's take a look at...
Keep your eye on science, history, and data: A. Hewlett Packard was among the many successful business launched during the Great Depression. B. Thomas Edison started GE during the Great Panic of 1893, when overall American business activity dropped 40% for 16 months. C. True, during the Great...
My answer is no. And Yes. In some ways I feel like I am swimming upstream when it comes to Giving Tuesday, which has been observed by a vast number of U.S. nonprofit organizations for the last decade or so. I am a minor fan. But also, not a fan. I guess you could say my relationship status with this...
Find a secret weapon to help get you unstuck When we were kids, and we found ourselves stuck at a railroad crossing, waiting as a passing train rolled by, we came up with a game of counting box cars. At an average of 55 feet, when you reach 100, the train length is about one mile long – and trains...