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 January 28, 2018

Weekly Idea - Responsibilities of the Campaign Manager

If you’re thinking of a capital campaign, I have something quite helpful for you.  Or it may be a piece you will want to file away for future reference.

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Published January 21, 2018

Weekly Idea - Here’s An Idea That Works

Several years ago, I was responsible for helping launch the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for the United Way of America.

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Published January 14, 2018

Weekly Idea - The 4 Magic Questions

In our profession, you learn to take rejection in stride. You understand that a series of NOs only means that you are part way toward a YES.

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Published January 7, 2018

Weekly Idea - Thoughts To Live By

Keep in Mind the:

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Published January 3, 2018

Weekly Idea - Some Things I Have Learned in My Years of Fundraising

17 axioms you will want to know

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Published December 10, 2017

Weekly Idea - How To Ask

I have seventeen guidelines for asking for a gift. You can pass these on to your board members and volunteers. If you can add anything I’ve missed, let me know. I’ll bet you can’t!

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Published December 3, 2017

Weekly Idea - Are Feasibility Studies Necessary or a Waste of Money?

Andrea Kihlstedt is an author of note and a brilliant speaker. She knows a thing or two about our work.

She wrote an article recently about feasibility studies. She asked the question— are feasibility studies necessary or a waste of money?

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Published November 26, 2017

Weekly Idea - We Want to Send You a Gift

Andrew Golden, the songwriter, wrote Thank You for Being a Friend. We thought about you.