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Anyone can thank a donor. Just do it!

Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

December is a fabulous month. This is the time year where we make a special effort to connect with people who are important to us. Many of us decorate our homes. We make special foods that are high in fat, sugar and ingredients we don’t normally use like dried...

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Emily Post’s Twitter Etiquette

Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

  Many of you probably remember IFC 2009. What you might not remember is that there was a twitter hashtag for it. Howard Lake, JohnLepp, a few others and I were pioneers. (sorry I don’t remember the “few others”, so please claim your cyber moment in the comments). At...

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A lesson in good fundraising and a story about a walk in the mountains

Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

After spending about a week doing charity work in the Kathmandu and the Terai Region of Nepal I had a few days for rest, writing and reflection in a touristy mountain village called Nagarkot. It was the festival weekend of Diwali and sitting on the balcony of my little...

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Nepal post #3 – Rolling up our sleeves

Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

As you know Anna Walsh and I are working in Nepal for a couple of weeks. Yesterday we met the staff in the Kathmandu office of the Rural Community Development Service Council (RCDSC). The purpose of the day was a briefing to help us better understand the work of...

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Nepal post #2 – Flooding in Mahottari

Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

In early October I received the letter below from Ram Kapar. You will remember I talked about meeting him and my working vacation in Nepal that starts tomorrow in my post here. If you don’t have time to read the entire letter just skim it down to see more...

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From the fundraising trenches of Canada to the fundraising trenches of Nepal

Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

At the moment I am nursing a hangover. Not the mind numbing hangover induced by over consumption, but a physical one that can only be earned from 20 hours of traveling to the other side of the world. As I write this, I am sitting in a tightly manicured...

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The evolution of a blog – one fundraiser’s experience

Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I started blogging I read a book to learn how to start. A real, hardcopy book. “Blogging for dummies” or something. Then a colleague told me to post three times a week. Advice I took seriously. If you go to the very first few months of this blog...

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Faith, Focus, Discipline and Kindness

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Recently someone said to me:“It seems like that’s what you do. Your a last minute kind of girl.” That got me thinking because yes there are times when I do spend a lot more time in the IMPORTANT/URGENT box instead of the preferred IMPORTANT/NON URGENT box. So I’ve been...

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"We messed up." When bad timing makes for bad PR. How would you respond?

Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Yesterday devastating tornados tore across the southern United States and close to 300 people died. Yesterday Backcountry.com tried a fresh new approach and sent out an email entitled: “Mother Nature hates you. Deal with it.” It would seem that yesterday was also the day when a bold risk from...

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Superhero Brain Dump – how to transform your team

Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you work with Superheros? I do. It is just that they didn’t know it until they had a chance to flex their Superhero muscles. Staff transitions can be difficult, especially if it is a senior position and particularly when that position is the Director of Fundraising. It wasn’t...

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