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Either… Or
There are few greater challenges in the profession than serving as the chief advancement officer (CAO) of a small to midsized shop.  Your boss and board have high expectation for your department and yet have little appreciation or understanding of the true dimensions, complexities, and public exposure risks (think gala) of running a high performance […]
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.  […]
Entertaining Endowments
I recently had the privilege being a panelist at an event focused on exploring the issues surrounding endowments.  The forum, sponsored by the Boston area Foundation for MetroWest, was attended by regional board members from nonprofits with a range of missions and budgets of $500,000 through $5+ million.  A common denominator among attendees was their […]
Building a Philanthropy Relationship Network
Don’t you know all the people who have money?  This is both wishful thinking and sometimes the refrain from a non-profit CEO or volunteer during a job interview. Every successful philanthropy development enterprise must utilize the personal and business networks of board members, volunteers and staff in order to find and build connections with potential […]

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