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Is the Coronavirus Impacting Fundraising?

Is the Coronavirus Impacting Fundraising?

During the past week: • I was introduced to someone and both of us looked down at our hands and at each other. We smiled and decided to just skip the typical handshake. • At church when it was time to “pass the peace” and say hello to other people, the minister...

In Honor of Valentine’s Week

In Honor of Valentine’s Week

From Marlon Brando to an airline stewardess (1966) Dear Lady — There is something not quite definable in your face—something lovely, not pretty in a conventionally thought of way. You have something graceful and tender and feminine. You seem to be a woman who has been...

The Castle ‘Round the Corner

The Castle ‘Round the Corner

In the fall of 2002, Tim and I moved back to our hometown in West Virginia. As we were unpacking, Tim removed a long tube from a box and unrolled many of our favorite posters. One poster was of a beautiful castle, which neither of us remembered buying. We weren’t sure...

New Year’s Resolutions—The Week After

New Year’s Resolutions—The Week After

So, how are you doing with your 2020 New Year’s resolutions? If you are like me, a mere week into it, I’m gasping for air. What possessed me to set those virtually unattainable goals? Did I think the big red “S” for Superwoman emblazoned on my chest was going to give...

Dreams Written Down

Dreams Written Down

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine. Brian Tracy In my handwriting on the top of the piece of paper it says, “mid 1990’s.” Underneath were written the words, “Dream Book.” It was...

After Year-End Giving: When is it Free for All?

After Year-End Giving: When is it Free for All?

As a kid I played Kick the Can until the light of day had disappeared and the streetlights had been burning far longer than my mother would have liked for me to be outside. When it was finally too dark to see, the person who was “it” would yell, “Ollie, Ollie in come...

Fundraising Fundamentals

Fundraising Fundamentals

Join the Vail Daily for this interview with Robin Thompson, MS Certified Professional Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant and Trainer. Q1: How do I select which nonprofit to support? A: A good resource is the Eagle County Gives website which has stringent requirements...

Planned Giving: Letters from the Past

Planned Giving: Letters from the Past

“Hope your belly quits hurting soon” was the beginning of the letter written to me by a seven-year-old on March 29, 1991. She must have asked an adult what to write next and she was told to talk about her school, toys or family. It gives insight about who she was. All...

Bear Sightings and Fundraising

Bear Sightings and Fundraising

This was in the local Vail, Colorado newspaper today about the recent bear sightings. You may ask what relationship it has to fundraising? Well, the number of people who read this post on my social media today sky rocketed. To get people's attention to donate to your...

Spreading an Attitude of Gratitude

Spreading an Attitude of Gratitude

Are you thinking about how to prepare for end of the year fundraising? Maybe you can start with preparing yourself, like I did. Tim and I created a Gratitude Jar. Every week for one year we wrote on a piece of paper something that made us feel grateful. Sometimes...

Do You Know What Time it is?

Do You Know What Time it is?

Yes, you probably guessed it from the photo. It is autumn and that means end-of-year fundraising is knocking at our door. What are you doing to prepare? Here's an idea that may help get you jump started. In your appeal letter you will be telling stories about how your...