Work Gotcha Down? Try this playlist of Inspirational Power Songs!

When work gets you down, you still have to take the high road. Carry the torch. Inspire the next volunteer or donor. Speak to Rotary or present to Angel Charity. How do you keep your spirits up? Music! Songs that inspire, motivate, and energize! Songs that you can sing at the top of your lungs while driving to the board meeting! I asked several of our colleagues here in Tucson to share their secret power songs.

We’re all mad scientists here: Concoct a better recipe for digital fundraising

Voila! I found the amazing study, M&R Benchmarks 2017, the11th Annual Benchmarks Study of nonprofit digital advocacy, fundraising, social, and advertising. I’m going to give you a little summary in this blog post, but here’s the whole thing if you are interested: They even have a form you can fill out to benchmark your organization:!/benchmark-yourself. If you try this, please email me the results. I’d love to know how our local organizations compare to the national study.


I am proud to announce our first “Do-Gooder Shout-Out”. This is our way of recognizing the good work of fund development professionals in our community, who we feel deserve more recognition and gratitude for their hard work. They can also teach us a lot about best practice in the field.

Wait a minute… I thought we DIDN’T love special events…

I’ll bet many of you were thinking, what the heck? I thought you didn’t love special events as a fundraising strategy?

It’s true, Jenny and I are often critical of special events in our workshops, but that doesn’t mean we think you shouldn’t ever do them or that they can’t be successful…

Amp Up Your Auction

Like us, you probably have mixed feelings about special events as a fundraising strategy.  They sure are a lot of work, sometimes they don’t bring in much more than they cost to put on, and often they don’t do much to further the missions of our organizations.  Any way you slice it, there’s almost always …

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The annual Individual Donor Benchmark Study was recently released by Third Space Studio.  The main thing I love about this study is that it focuses on data from ‘smallish’ organizations with budgets under $2M.  It is one of the few studies we’ve found that doesn’t lump philanthropic giving to universities and hospitals together with the …

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