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Things Fundraisers Can Count on in 2018
Reading the tea leaves is a fun exercise and important to prepare for 2018.  Many norms and laws changed in 2017 that will surely affect how advancement officers do business in the coming year.  Here are a few things I think we can count on for 2018.
Are You Ready to Accept a Transformational Gift?
Hard as this may be to imagine, it is not so easy to say yes to accepting a transformational gift, or to respond to a windfall like the Ice Bucket Challenge. Surprising Potential Obstacles You can begin to identify obstacles by asking your CEO, “How would you use a gift of $10 million, $50 million […]
Harvey, Irma and Our Nation’s Soul
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted September 9, 2017 1 Comment
During Boston’s snow apocalypse in 2015, I had light hearted discussions with my clients in Miami posing which they were more willing to deal with – winters with the potential of 10 feet of snow or the threat of devastating hurricanes.   To a person, they all chose the latter. Irma has definitely called the question […]
When Leadership is Fraught with Cognitive Dissonance
There is no denying that a major source of frustration for advancement officers is when board and executive leaders proclaim their devotion to the mission, promise to help, and don’t behave accordingly. This cognitive dissonance is the consequence of a person performing an action (or not performing an action) that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and […]
All Nonprofits Are Exposed When Federal Funds are Reduced
Money works in mysterious ways. The cause and effect that often comes with spending money is not always linear. It is easy to overlook what happens when an organization does not receive its annual job training grant.  Or when a hospital’s Medicaid or Medicare reimbursement rate is reduced.  Or when the subsidy for housing vouchers […]
Interviewing Fundraising Candidates – Getting it Right
We all know the challenge of finding the right candidate to fill our important fundraising vacancies, including the pitfalls of the interview process.  The April 9, 2017 NY Times article, “The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews,” supports beliefs I have had, for many years as a fundraising employer and recruiter, about this process. The research […]
The Long-Term Trend That Is Going Unnoticed – UPDATED
My original post dated August 3, 2014 entitled “The Long-Term Trend That Is Going Unnoticed” argued a number of reasons why the overall national donor pool is shrinking. The pillars of the argument addressed the Giving USA analysis showing total giving rose 3.0 percent in 2013 over the 2012 estimate, adjusted for inflation.  There was no […]
Why 2017 will be Wicked Awesome
“Wicked awesome” is a uniquely Boston expression.  When the Red Sox won the World Series…wicked awesome.  When Whitey Bulger was captured…wicked awesome.  Before I get into why 2017 will be a wicked awesome year for many nonprofit stakeholder organizations, I want to review some studies that address how people feel and behave after they are […]
Certainty in the Trumped-Up Era
By Larry Raff In _CRI Blog Post, Insights Posted November 14, 2016 6 Comments
You may have noticed during the presidential primaries and candidates’ debates that President-elect Trump rarely mentioned Congress.  He seemed to be operating under the premise that the presidency reigns supreme over all of government and that there would be few impediments to getting what he wanted. During the financial crises of 2008, 2009 and as […]
We are All in Human Services
Stakeholder organizations are often divided into different categories to help others navigate the nonprofit sector.  The categories typically include: Education, Basic Needs, Arts & Culture, Health, Religion, Youth/Family Services, Environment & Conservation, Animal Welfare, International Affairs, Policy and many others. To be sure, each of these categories addresses content with which advancement officers need to […]

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