The 10 pillars of great relations between charities and consultants

I shudder when people call us consultants – the word has been dirtied by many of them. Excessive billings, talking down to, ignoring, egotism, over use of buzz words… I kind of dry heave when I hear about some relationships my colleagues have with their charitable clients. Bullying, lack of respect, slow or refusing to pay,…

Dear Ms. Nit-Picker…

(Please note: all similarity to you or your cause is purely coincidental.) Dear Ms. Nit-Picker, This is an open letter to charity staff members who edit fundraising appeals. With special focus on those of you who aren’t direct response fundraisers or have a clue about fundraising strategy. Just like with my Dear Mr. Fancypants blog,…

Time for a break

It’s the middle of July – otherwise known as “the hot and hazy days of summer” here in Ontario. You, our readers, and you, our clients have given us a lot to think about – and work on – in the first half of 2011. Some highlights for us have been: – Creating custom essential…

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…