FUNdraising Good Times: Are you begging or fundraising?
Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:23
Mel & Pearl Shaw
Fundraising is a noble profession. As a fundraiser you meet some of the best people around. You provide people with information and opportunities that allow them to pursue things that are important to them: "things" that really can't be bought. You can't buy an end to world hunger, gun violence, AIDS or domestic violence: you have to give. When you ask people to give you bring people together with projects, programs and institutions that align with their beliefs. You help people realize some of their highest aspirations.
Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:19
Cynthia Bond Hopson, Ph.D.
To be the best, learn from the best and in fundraising, Pearl D. Shaw and her husband Melvin B. Shaw, have the creds to not just teach fundraising essentials but to literally "write the books" about it. In an updated version of The Fundraiser's Guide to Soliciting Gifts, first published in 2008, everything you need to know is laid out in this small but powerful compilation in the form of how to's for the novice and gentle reminders for the veteran.
FUNdraising Good Times: Six things you can do as a board member
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:58
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Calling all nonprofit board members: Do you sometimes wonder what value you bring to the nonprofits you serve? Do you wish you were more engaged, or that "they" took more advantage of the talents you bring to the board? We have the solution for you: take initiative! Don't wait for someone to ask you to get involved.
Strengthsfinder is a personality-test-slash-life-management-tool that focuses on playing from strengths, rather than training hard in areas where a person is not truly wired to succeed. Someone who competes in Olympic curling, for example, might also enjoy a game of ice hockey with friends, but winning a gold in both sports is pretty unlikely. People who want to take home a medal in anything know they need to focus their time and efforts developing talents they already possess.
"My Brother's Keeper" from a single father and business owner's perspective
Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:17
I must admit, being a single father of two Black boys isn't easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights, to discussing college and career choices, I've learned that being a good father means more than just "being there."
FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaigns: Where is the money?
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:06
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part two of a two part series
We were taken aback when, in casual conversation, an acquaintance blurted out, "comprehensive campaigns are nothing but a con game." We listened as he shared his experience of institutions that report campaign success but don't have the money needed to implement projects laid out as campaign priorities.