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Magical Thinking…Redux
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted January 23, 2012 0 Comments
  I’m crossing my fingers here that this follow-up posting will really resonate with many advancement professionals.  About a month ago, this blog featured an article about fundraising ideas so outrageous and/or inactionable that they appeared to come from a galaxy far, far away. We received a great deal of feedback that really brought the […]
Magical Thinking… Be On Guard
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted December 27, 2011 0 Comments
Give me a show of hands…how many of you have been in a meeting when a board member, boss, or colleague proposed a fundraising idea so outrageous or nonactionable that it appears to come from a galaxy far, far away?  As consultants, we frequently find ourselves protecting our clients from falling into the trap of […]
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 […]
Focus…Your Greatest Tool For Success
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted November 28, 2011 0 Comments
Collecting your thoughts and focusing on the job at hand are essential when preparing to compose a blog post or any thoughtful or meaningful message.  Without focus – the ability to draw a circle around a “to-do” and concentrate like a laser beam on it – the task is not accomplished, or the results are […]
What Comes Around Goes Around
By Larry Raff In Insights, Planning & Strategy Posted November 14, 2011 0 Comments
Funding for your organization can – and should – come from many sources.  As advancement officers, it is incumbent upon us to be aware of traditional as well as newer forms of financial support.  One relatively low profile, yet extremely impactful source of funds can come from local, regional, or national “giving circles.”  For those […]
Warming Up to a Cold Call
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted October 17, 2011 0 Comments
Cold calls.  Even the moniker of these usually dreaded method of outreach is, well, cold.  But the best gifts, and relationships, always emerge from conversations, and they’ve got to start somewhere.  I was recently asked address a meeting of chief advancement officers representing specialty post-graduate colleges.  When asked what they would most like to learn […]
The “Who’s Asking?” Paradox
By Larry Raff In Insights, Planning & Strategy Posted September 19, 2011 1 Comment
Philanthropy – especially very successful philanthropy – always requires just the right “personal touch.” But what happens when relationships appear to close doors instead of opening them?  Here’s what I mean.  We’ve heard it from volunteers, and even from other advancement professionals:  ”I’m too friendly with her to ask her for a contribution.”  It seems […]
Money Mishegas
There is a colorful Yiddish word, “mishegas” which affectionately refers to one’s “craziness” about something.  Most of us have strong feelings when it comes to money; for some of us, those passions are what brought us to this profession.  The spectrum of personal “money mishegas” extremes runs from spendthrifts to overindulgence, and everything in between.  […]
Hiding In Plain Sight
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted July 11, 2011 0 Comments
Opportunity is everywhere, and not just strictly in the form of donors and dollars.  Sometimes it wears a mask, and it hides in plain sight.  But most development professionals have the innate skills to find it, learn from it, and use it to help with future challenges.  Here are two examples of what I mean. […]
The Power of Pessimism
By Larry Raff In Insights Posted June 27, 2011 0 Comments
Henry Ford is famous for saying, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.”  Yes, attitude makes all the difference in the world.  As development professionals, we are often the public face of the organizations we serve.  As a result, it is especially important that we project optimism and hope – […]
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 […]

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