Breakthroughs From Breakdowns

By Laurie Herrick

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 […] Read More

David Sharken of RAINMAKER Consulting writing about building a strong team

One Impact Story: Results of providing a Culture of Philanthropy primer to everyone in an organization

By David Sharken

We are often asked “Why we should take the time to provide orientation and training to all of our staff and board towards a Culture of Philanthropy? Don’t we really just […] Read More

Strategic Planning + A Culture of Philanthropy = One Abundant Organization

By Laurie Herrick

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 […] Read More

10 Easy Things a Board Can do to Create a Culture of Philanthropy

By Laurie Herrick

The holy grail of fundraising is the elusive “Culture of Philanthropy.” A Culture of Philanthropy is when everyone including the board, the executive director and the staff are all part […] Read More

David Sharken of RAINMAKER Consulting writing about building a strong team

A Strong Team = Satisfying Work Towards Mission

By David Sharken

The quality of your team in any organization is key to workplace satisfaction and effective accomplishment of your goals.  Having a great team to back you up is one of […] Read More

Traditional Feasibility Studies – Are you Wasting Precious Resources?

By Laurie Herrick

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 […] Read More

Better Board Meetings

Bored to Brilliant: Better Board Meetings

By Eric Phelps

Ten Steps to More Effective and Ultimately, Better Board Meetings Nonprofit board members commonly complain that board meetings often are boring and unproductive, but implementing a few practices can strengthen […] Read More

The Terrible Twosome of Fundraising: Guilt & Shame

By Eric Phelps

This piece reminds us that berating donors with messages of desperation (“Donate now if you don’t want us to go out of business!) is a poor strategy for securing funds. […] Read More

Better Board Meetings

Flourishing fundraising: a new paradigm

By Eric Phelps

Joe Laur tells me he doesn’t use the word “sustainability” anymore. He nearly loathes it. A leading consultant in the field of environmental sustainability, Joe is also the co-author—with his […] Read More

On track through train-ing

By Eric Phelps

When my son Elijah was around 3, he was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine™, a “cheeky” steam train engine that gets into a lot of trouble while working with […] Read More