I Know, Let's Have A Casino Night!

One of the main standbys for fundraising is the Gala evening event, whether it is a dinner, casino night, or theme party.  These things can be fun to attend, often with neat items at the auction, chances to see others who share the support for your work and to...

Who’s Afraid to Ask for Money?

At a recent volunteer meeting for an animal care organization, the leaders were talking to volunteers about how to raise money. Their 10th anniversary  is coming up this summer and everyone wanted to do something special.  The financial goal was...

It’s A New Year

It’s  New Year, but…..Happy New Year, with a clean slate, new goals and vision, right? Yes and no.  It is exciting to start over, with all sorts of intentions and plans how to do things better, faster neater.  I do look forward to a new start, but...

Are Nonprofits Like Bank Accounts?

It can be hard and a bit sad to have to think about the mission of your organization and all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that have gone into it in such a clinical way. But there is a durable truth here: to get something we have to offer and give something in...

NonProfit Doesn’t Mean NonProfessional

 She needed a grant application for an infrastructure training program prepared and submitted on time; most of the application was ready, but she couldn’t seem to get a program budget together. Her Facebook posts were current and ongoing, but the 4 simple...

When the Hero of the Day Isn’t

The board was excited, there was someone new and powerful that was suddenly interested in the organization; his child had recently been diagnosed with the condition the organization represented.The group had constantly been seeking new board members to further their...