Author Archives: Mike

If You Want to Get in the Game, then Get in the Game!

A better title for this post would be “The Benefits of Membership in the WNY Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.”  But that’s not very compelling, is it? Yesterday the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) had … Continue reading

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A last minute major gift on New Year’s Eve? Hey, you never know!

Hey fundraisers and non-profit managers – did I ever tell you the one about the $100,000 gift my organization received at 11:00 pm on New Year’s Eve? I didn’t?  Probably because it never happened.  But it could.  And that’s what … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Feedback

I’ve been thinking a lot about “feedback” these days. feed·back  (ˈfēdˌbak)  noun,  1. information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement.  synonyms: response, reaction, comments, criticism; Without feedback, what … Continue reading

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Oops! You Need to Know Better When You Know More!

Oops! Accidentally including sensitive information in a letter could have been a big mistake. Fortunately, for this school the recipient had a good nature and seemed to understand the context in which the letter was sent. Today’s charitable donors – … Continue reading

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This is me. I am a fundraiser.

This is who I am. I am one who can help make dreams come true. I am a designer and builder.  I am a craftsman. My stories will make you laugh or cry, think or act. I have seen mountains … Continue reading

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The value of purpose and the purpose of value.

A little something that helps explain why fundraising professionals are good at what they do.  And why they do it. “People who seek purpose in their lives feel they make a difference. They experience greater energy and enthusiasm. They are … Continue reading

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The Clock is Ticking for Year-end Giving!

Only a couple business days left in 2012! If taxes play a role in how you support charities, then you need to act now since gifts to charities today are a great way to reduce tax liabilities tomorrow. And if … Continue reading

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A case for giving that goes beyond the gifts!

The following piece was printed in the “Another Voice” column in the Sunday, December 11, 2011 edition of The Buffalo News. http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial-page/from-our-readers/another-voice/article668674.ece The holidays are always a magical time. Our desire to share and to help is perhaps stronger than … Continue reading

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What makes a special event so, well, special?

It’s the way the little things feed off the big things to make everything even bigger! It’s the event chair, who’s one of the first volunteers to arrive and last to leave, getting his hands dirty and lovin’ it. It’s … Continue reading

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat….

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.  All that matters is that the cat gets skinned and they liked it.  Oh, and that the skinner liked it too. There are as many different ways to raise money today … Continue reading

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