#41 | Is the impulse to sell undermining our fundraising efforts?

But the opportunities and challenges we have similarly encountered in my hometown were not the focus of our conversation for this podcast. Instead, we compared notes on what we believe are some of the tyrannies that are undermining the effectiveness of many fundraising efforts. Interestingly, all three suggest that our impulse to sell may be undermining our fundraising efforts.

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#39 | Why do we allow fundraising to interfere with our commitment to community?

My recent podcast conversation with Jennifer Cherney left me wondering why so many nonprofit organizations have allowed fundraising to hijack their commitment to community. Referring to the independent school world that the two of us are very familiar with, were it not for the galas and golf tournaments that so many schools organize every year, most in these communities would be without a way to maintain meaningful connections with the people they care about.

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#38 | Should fundraising bet all its chips on the CFRE & ACFRE?

As someone who has not once but twice earned the CFRE and routinely presents CFRE-approved seminars around the country, I was eager to hear David King’s thoughts about the CFRE and ACFRE. Whereas he maintained his CFRE early in his career, and his firm required all consultants to earn the credential as well, neither is the case any longer.

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#37 | Are patriarchy and pedestals to blame for fundraising’s bad behaviors?

Maryann Kerr will tell you that she’s on a mission to create well-led, kinder, collaborative, inclusive and diverse workplaces where productivity is high and turnover is low. My recent podcast conversation with Maryann left me with a list of difficult questions to further contemplate. At the top of the list: Are patriarchy and the pedestals that we often afford each other to blame for many of fundraising’s bad behaviors?

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#36 | Is social media a barrier to developing the skills most desirable to our employers?

Critics are encouraging us to ask whether the advantages of social media come at the cost of meaningful relationships. This critique was the focus of my recent podcast conversation with Hayley and raises important questions for fundraising professionals who find it difficult to have meaningful conversations with their donors; conversations that are often the prerequisite to greater levels of support.

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#35 | Are you ready to be a fundraising CEO?

Brad Dunn wanted to increase his confidence as a fundraising CEO and keep pace with the evolving job description for Heads of School today. Without proven methods for accomplishing this, Brad’s board gave us the green light to pioneer a unique approach. 

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