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Authentic Fundraising: A love story

Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Authenticity, fundraising | 1 comment

I fell in love for the first time in grade four. David was in grade five. My house was on 4th avenue at the top of the hill on the edge of a town called Cranbrook. My parents bought it for the spectacular view of the Rocky mountain range....

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Authentic Fundraising: Legacies (Part One)

Posted by on July 3, 2016 in fundraising, Legacies | 0 comments

In 2010 I worked as Director of Development for an environmental charity called Ontario Nature. We had just finished a revitalization of our legacy program. This involved some renewed marketing materials, a few financial planning events and a wildly successful survey to our most loyal donors. We now had...

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Introducing: The Authentic Fundraiser

Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 23 comments

In a world where we talk A LOT about building relationships with and loving our donors, very few charities are actually putting donors above their own organizational needs. I believe that is because we are paying lip service to buzz words but still using traditional sales techniques in the...

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Student research spots a flaw in planned giving perceptions

Posted by on April 26, 2015 in planned giving, Uncategorized | 1 comment

This article first appeared in Hilborn Charity eNEWS here. Did you know that there is a small army doing research on the charitable sector in Canada? Okay, not an army exactly, but a group of very committed, curious and enthusiastic fundraising management students at Humber College in Ontario. As...

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Tell your board of directors NOT to ask for money

Posted by on April 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This article was first published in Hilborn Charity eNEWS Is your board of directors reluctant to help with fundraising? That’s okay. Tell them they don’t have to fundraise. Instead as them if they would be willing to build authentic meaningful relationships with people who love your mission as much...

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What kind of a world do you want to live in? A story about a trip to the grocery store.

Posted by on December 13, 2014 in fundraising, Philanthropy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This post originally appeared in Charity Info’s eNEWS on December 12, 2014 Last Thursday night it was snowing pretty heavily. Begrudgingly, I had to stop and pick up a few groceries on the way home. As I rushed into the store to get out of the cold I saw...

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Confessions of a conference addict

Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

It is time for me to make a public confession. Are you ready? If I attended your conference anytime between AFP Fundraising Day 2009 and AFP Toronto Chapter Congress 2011 I did not recycle my name badge. I stole it. I’m sorry. I love my wee collection of name...

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The world needs you to be EXCELLENT

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  How one fundraiser secured her place at an international conference.   In my years as a fundraiser I’ve come across many inspiring stories. But without doubt the most inspiring tale of commitment to attend a conference is the story of my friend, Sudeshna Mukherjee. I first met Sudeshna...

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Birthday parties, mother in laws, melt downs and the art of saying thank you.

Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Eileen in 1931 My mother in law was a product of The Great Depression; as a result she had a certain way of doing things. For example: She really enjoyed her food AND would eat every morsel on her plate – even if she was full. She always had...

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The balance between ambition and contentment

Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Anyone who has worked with me, lived with me or just hung out with me will tell you that I am rarely satisfied. It is true; I am constantly pushing. I always want more. Not stuff – goodness knows I have too much stuff already. I want to do...

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