My friend Barack

Barack Obama is my friend. On Facebook. Me and 21 million (almost 22 million) of his closest friends received this post in our feed this week: Rather than setting a goal of millions of dollars for this campaign’s first big deadline on Thursday, we’re setting a goal of 450,000 grassroots donors. So far, 404,954 people…

Show and Share Day

“MUMMY! I love Show and Share Day!” – Mason, bouncing at my bedside, 5:55AM My energetic 6 year-old loves Show and Share in his kindergarten class. You bring a toy, and take turns showing the other kids how your toy works and why you love it, and then everyone shares the toys for an hour…

Deadheads and Preachers

I received an email last week, and in the first four words, I was drawn into a deeply emotional time. Those 4 words? “I have terrible news.” An old friend and colleague was writing about the death of her husband, best friend, life partner and father to her 6 month old infant. He lost his…

I just got a call…

I just got a call. And here you are reading my blog about it. You’re going to hear my venting. But if you can hang on through the rage, you’ll also hopefully think about how you talk to your donors/communities of supporters. Phone rings. Me: “hello?” Pause. Clicking. Some kind of murmuring. Me: “hello!?” Murmur…

Think Thanks

Happy New Year, dear readers. Our New Year’s gift to you is to not write our blog about the one thing you should do as a fundraiser in 2011. In Agents style, we are writing a blog about the one thing you should do for your donors in 2011. And that’s think about your thank…