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…

Stunning Simplicity

A quick post today to remind us all about the beautiful simplicity of fundraising. It is so easy to get turned inside out and upside down thinking about integrated campaigning, multi-channel fundraising, over-thinking our approach and completely rush past one stunningly obvious thing: asking for one thing. One of our clients established a monthly giving…

#afpcongress: By the hashtags, scribbles, photos and vids

Here are the highlights from our scribbled notes and tweets from Congress. We heartily encourage all fundraisers to check out the #afpcongress hashtag to review the highlights from all tweeps in attendance. Scribbles: Wendy Mesley: “Trust is not being given to institutions but to individuals.” Sean Triner (@seantriner) on “witnessing”. This is brilliant. Sean insists…