Archive for August 2021

Do You Remind Donors of This?

For the sixth year in a row my son, Hudson, and I enjoyed father/son weekend at Camp Highland. As he turns 15 years old in a few days, I’m reminded about the value of this investment. Making time and giving energy to the ones and causes that matter to you most is ALWAYS worth it!…

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A Little Can Mean a Lot…

When my son, Hudson, and I made our first trip to Uganda to work with Champions United, a soccer club where national players mentor children without fathers, Hudson was just 12 years old. Fatherless children is an epidemic in Uganda, with over 90% of boys growing up without a father figure in their lives. Meeting…

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Do You Know Their Name?

My friend Keith, the Director of the Donor Motivation Program for Canada, shared this question, “Do you know the first name of your great grandparents?” “Wow,” I thought when he shared it! I don’t. Then he asked, “How would you feel if your great grandchildren don’t even know your name?” “Awful,” I said. “Not because…

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More Communication, Not Less

We like what works. We like what works now. We like what works fast. The instant gratification adrenaline rush often filters through our work and communication with donors. There is a tendency to highlight the one thing or one communication piece that got a donor to reach out or make a gift. While that one…

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The Big Charity Myth

Who did better at preserving his wealth: the American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding, founding Kaiser Shipyard, which built Liberty ships during World War II (then Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel), or his son? Henry J. Kaiser, Sr. accumulated around $5.6 Million in wealth and lost 44 percent to…

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