Author Archives for Laura Alexander

Back from NOLA!

January 5, 2016 9:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Back from NOLA!

Jenny and I just returned from a week at the BoardSource Leadership Forum in New Orleans and it was fantastic! I attended the two-day conference, and then Jenny joined me for the three day Certified Governance Trainer program. We were two of 22 consultants selected from across the country to participate in the training program, and we were really excited to have this opportunity!... Read More

Do Good… Better!

January 5, 2016 9:17 pm Published by Comments Off on Do Good… Better!

Thank you for the excellent training last Friday! I came away with new enthusiasm and confidence behind my work as a development officer. I also wanted to share that I made my first successful ask yesterday of $10,000! Your training made a huge difference for me, right away. - Emily Brott... Read More

Board Resources

June 3, 2015 10:25 pm Published by Comments Off on Board Resources

Thank you all for liking our Facebook Page!    We are so pleased to announce the winner of our April contest: LINDA... Read More

Is our fear of rejection making it easier for donors to reject us?

October 13, 2014 6:06 pm Published by 1 Comment

How is it that we can know without a shred of doubt that face-to-face solicitation is the most effective, least costly method of fundraising, and still refuse to do it? Lack of time? Fear of rejection? Whatever the reason, we have to start taking this seriously and making it a regular priority and habit. Read our blog to discover two things you can do to support yourself in this.... Read More

The Art of Conversation by Laura Alexander

October 6, 2014 5:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The art of conversation is a critical skill for the professional fundraiser. Whether we are soliciting, cultivating, thanking, informing, or educating, we are constantly engaged in conversation with donors, potential donors, ambassadors, board members, staff and volunteers. So how do we improve our ability to engage in this critically important activity? In this blog post, I'll share Six Steps to More Meaningful Conversations with Our Donors.... Read More

“Donor Stewardship: The Divine is in the Detail” by Brian Bateman

September 29, 2014 5:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

“The devil is in the detail” is a quote well-known, but virtually not attributable. A number of German scholars and artists employed the phrase, but it actually began in its expression in the obverse, “God is in the detail”. Let's begin our discussion of caring for major donors after their gift arrives (i.e. stewardship) by entitling this from the original phrase with an inclusive twist, The Divine is in the Detail. A number of major variables enter the consideration of how to communicate with donors following a major gift.... Read More