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Self-care is not an option

Ask any fundraiser why they chose this line of work, and it's likely due to the desire to help others ... to make the community a better place. The motivation typically does not come from a desire to personally benefit from their life's work. But is all this selflessness putting a shelf life on our… Continue reading Self-care is not an option

housekeeping

Bringing back the Fab

It's been a little quiet here on the Fablanthropy site. Certainly not for lack of activity, as I've been on the road quite a bit in the past year. The last year also had me firmly in capital campaign mode, and I was lucky to see the project I was working on make it to… Continue reading Bringing back the Fab

Conferences, Technical Tuesdays

#sm4events recap: Questions from the #AFPFC session

Last week at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Fundraising Conference in Boston, Mass., Josh Hirsch and I presented a session on social media strategies for special events. During that session, we used a tool Sli.Do, which allowed audience members to submit questions as well as vote on polls related to the presentation. Below are… Continue reading #sm4events recap: Questions from the #AFPFC session

Conferences, Fabulous Fridays

Winning at Conferences with tips from the AFPeeps

Spring is upon us, and in addition to ushering in allergies, weddings and graduations, it's conference season for many of us fundraisers. Today, I'm en route to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Conference in Boston. All conferences can be an adventure (and this year's is no slouch with a promised nor'easter!), but I have… Continue reading Winning at Conferences with tips from the AFPeeps

Women Wednesdays

A day in the life

Ever since the AFP International Fundraising Conference in San Antonio two years ago, I've been interested in experiencing a day in the life of my school. It's the one takeaway from a session (on major gifts, I think) that has stuck with me well past a conference. It may also be because while I attended Catholic schools on and… Continue reading A day in the life

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Guest post: Pear Tree Planning with Marcy Heim, The Artful Asker

Our first Women Wednesdays post comes from Marcy Heim, known as The Artful Asker. If you haven't had a chance to hear Marcy speak, add it to your continuing education calendar! She's great at making fundraisers think about what they can do to advance philanthropy, and she's known to break into song while doing it!… Continue reading Guest post: Pear Tree Planning with Marcy Heim, The Artful Asker

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Where Should You Avoid Meeting with Prospects and Donors?

Where do you meet your donors for visits?

Michael Rosen Says...

Whether you want to cultivate or ask for support, a face-to-face meeting with a prospect or donor will usually be the most effective approach. To ensure the success of your meeting, you need to carefully plan for it. That includes knowing where to avoid having that meeting.

Two types of locations make particularly poor choices for meetings:

Katz's Deli by Matt Biddulph via FlickrRestaurants/cafes. Such locations can be problematic for any number of reasons. Your guest might not feel comfortable discussing personal matters in a public setting. The noise level of the restaurant might not be conducive to conversation. Servers will inevitably interrupt your discussion. The choice of a specific restaurant could even be problematic. Consider the following true story that I shared in my book, Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing:

The development officer picked up the donor at her home and drove her to the Four Seasons Hotel for lunch in the very lavish Fountain…

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