Weekly Ideas

Each week we email a Philanthropy Counts® Series idea (it takes less than a minute to read) about fundraising, something we think will be important to you in your fundraising efforts. Some issues in fundraising arise time and again— they may be unique to your situation, but not necessarily to development. We can help guide you through the pit-falls of asking for the gift or how to motivate a volunteer. We'll give you an edge.

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Published April 29, 2017

Weekly Idea - The Fundraiser's Measuring Stick Inscription

I’ve had so many return my last book to me . . . to ask for an inscription.

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Published April 23, 2017

Weekly Idea - Who are you listening to?

I sent an e-mail recently on the importance of listening (one of my favorite subjects). In response, I heard from Steve Dickie. He is CEO of Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa.

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Published April 16, 2017

Weekly Idea - If a Sixth Grader Can Understand It, You’re on the Right Track

There’s a beautiful verse from Ecclesiastes: “I saw that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the men of skill. But time and chance happen to them all.”

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Published April 9, 2017

Weekly Idea - It's All About Listening


I think you’ll enjoy this…

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Published April 2, 2017

Weekly Idea - What does it take?

Most every time I’m with a leader or a highly successful corporate executive, I ask, “What does it take? What are the traits and characteristics that contribute most to your success?”

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Published March 26, 2017

Weekly Idea - Here Are 10 Tips To Make Your Fundraising Letter Supremely Successful

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Published March 20, 2017

Weekly Idea - The Other Person’s Agenda


Andrew Sobel is one of the brightest management consultants I know— and I’ve met plenty.

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Published February March 15, 2017

Weekly Idea - Forget What Your Freshman English Teacher Taught You


Let's take a look at two types of writing.