As a crazy year ends, many of us are ready to draw a line in the sand, say adios to 2020 and let bygones be bygones. However, we’d be missing a great opportunity at our organizations if we simply walked away from 2020 without looking back and intentionally extracting nuggets of insight and possibility. And since we don’t exactly know what 2021 … [Read more...] about Welcome 2021: first a look back to see what was possible with what was ‘seemingly’ impossible!
What would it take to have funding “magically” appear for your organization? Check out this story that a development friend shared with me. She worked for a large museum that had just embarked upon a $75 million capital campaign. As part of the training, the development department presented the organizational “story” of why it was so critical to … [Read more...] about Have Fundraising Success Feel Like Magic
The Lessons of Covid-19: Best Practices in Challenging Times We in the United States, along with the rest of the globe, are facing a crisis affecting every aspect of our collective life. Every one of us has already taken steps to reduce large group gatherings and change our personal health habits. The World Health Organization has … [Read more...] about The Lessons of Covid-19: Best Practices in Challenging Times
https://youtu.be/2HQV71hVQ0Y Building relationships with donors takes time. Donors need to be heard and acknowledged. We all have times when a relationship feels more on track than other times. Each relationship needs to be cultivated, and our work towards this end has much to teach us about patience, about slowing down, about perseverance. In … [Read more...] about Lessons from an Orchid
At Rainmaker we talk a lot about building a Culture of Philanthropy. Personally, I love talking about it, I love training people on it, and mostly I love the breakthroughs it provides to organizations who embrace it. But periodically people get stuck with the name. “What does this mean?” “I know what a philanthropist is, Bill Gates!! If I only knew … [Read more...] about I give up: Finding breakthroughs from breakdowns
So, your organization is about to embark in a strategic planning process…and you want your plan to be powerful, long-lasting and visionary. On the other hand, you want it done quickly, you want it to be easy and you don’t want it to be too much work. Well, you can’t have everything! Or, maybe you can. … [Read more...] about Strategic Planning + A Culture of Philanthropy = One Abundant Organization
The holy grail of fundraising is the elusive “Culture of Philanthropy.” A Culture of Philanthropy is when everyone (including the board, executive director and staff) is part of connecting the agency to individuals in the community who want to support the cause. When that happens, donors become part of the agency, instead of outsiders. The board … [Read more...] about 10 Easy Things a Board Can do to Create a Culture of Philanthropy
It isn’t an unusual occurrence. A not-for-profit organization decides it needs to undertake a major building project, and the board approves a capital campaign – on the condition that they first conduct a feasibility study. That’s when the phone rings, or an RFP is sent, or someone reaches out to us at Rainmaker. That’s our opportunity to … [Read more...] about Traditional Feasibility Studies – Are you Wasting Precious Resources?
This year, I decided to get some coaching for a breakthrough in my swimming. I’ve been a runner for many years now, and I really enjoy biking as well. I’ve even done a few triathlons, but the swimming piece has always been my weakest link. Therefore, I decided to work on strengthening it. I began to swim by myself, in the mornings, at my local … [Read more...] about Swim coaching and leadership coaching for a breakthrough