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Should Nonprofits Be Judged By A Different Standard of Success?
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas Posted October 29, 2012 0 Comments
Dan Pallotta, a journalist, philanthropist, and businessman with a longstanding background in the nonprofit world, recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Can’t We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?” The piece raised some provocative questions, though perhaps not the ones the author was originally intending.  Mr. Pallotta’s thesis, “It’s time […]
Sevens, Eights, Nines, and Tens
    What’s your number?  I once heard a wise person say “Sevens hire fives and sixes, and Eights higher nines and tens.”  Admittedly, this is a somewhat crude way to express the point that high achievers are willing to work with subordinates and colleagues who may be smarter, harder working, more knowledgeable and gifted […]
Not Another Social Media Commercial
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas Posted July 23, 2012 0 Comments
Three years ago I wrote an article entitled “Confessions of a Social Media Phobe.”  Way back then, I was wondering “aloud” about the relevance, future, and wisdom of social media relative to fundraising and life in general.  In 2009, it was easy to feel smothered by the hype around online networking and communications and the […]
Hospitals Returning to Their Philanthropic Roots
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Healthcare Posted June 25, 2012 0 Comments
This article written by CRI President Larry G. Raff, MPH originally appeared in the May 2, 2012 electronic edition of Becker’s Hospital Review. The more things change in healthcare, the more we should revisit what had worked in the past. About 60 percent of hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States have non-profit status, […]
Creating A Culture For Philanthropy
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Insights Posted March 5, 2012 0 Comments
Money.  It’s probably safe to say that this is the key topic that keeps most advancement professionals up at night.   For better or worse, it allows our organizations to fulfill on our missions, keep the lights on, and pay our salaries.  NPOs that are consistently meeting or exceeding their advancement goals have at least one […]
Occupy Advancement
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Insights Posted December 12, 2011 0 Comments
  These are wild and wooly times we are living in right now. The polarization of wealth over the past 40 years has become apparent to the masses, who are expressing extreme discontent clear across the country from New England to Hawaii. Political pressure is mounting to address this growing inequality. This economic and financial situation […]
Master Gift Officer… Shifting a Paradigm
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Insights Posted June 13, 2011 0 Comments
Mark Twain, a true master of the written word, observed “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Yes, language is very important. And like most professionals, those of us in fundraising can get stuck in the inertia of our own dated vernacular. […]
How Are Nonprofits Doing These Days?
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Insights Posted May 31, 2011 0 Comments
As a fundraising and strategic consultant for not-for-profit organizations, I am repeatedly asked the same questions from people wherever I go… How are nonprofits doing these days?  Are donations down?  Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that these inquires are top of mind when it comes to considering the well-being of many of our […]
Moving the Needle in 2011
By Larry Raff In Emerging Ideas, Insights Posted January 12, 2011 0 Comments
We’re knocking on the door of a new decade that we all hope will be better than the last one. Those of us who have devoted our professional careers to the third sector probably started our journey in the hope we could “move the needle” for a movement, a cause, an organization, a person.  And […]

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