Where Two or Three are Gathered…

Where Two or Three are Gathered…

Isn’t it nice to have company? The opening line to “By My Side” from the musical “Godspell” states, “Where are you going? Can you take me with you?” While we do have the need to be alone (most importantly, to be alone with our God), we are social people. Our salvation is found in our […]

May: Open House Means Open House

May: Open House Means Open House

When I worked for a Diocesan Office for Catholic Schools, some of the schools held an Open House during the Spring so that parents of prospective students could see the school in excellent condition.  After all, excellent academics should be presented in an excellent environment, right?  Desks were cleaned, floors were swept, the students’ best work was […]

“I’m In!  R U?”

“I’m In! R U?”

May is usually the time when there is much concern over “What’s going to happen next year” – Will more students enroll over the summer? Will we only have one more year as a school? What can we do to save this school? In light of those concerns, this week brings a retention idea, and next […]

Keep Score.  Then Analyze It.

Keep Score. Then Analyze It.

In his book, “The Eighth Habit,” author Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) makes a profound statement: “People play differently when they’re keeping score.” Think about it!  A volleyball game is pure fun if the score doesn’t matter. But when players are keeping score, set-up strategies develop, rotations are changed for maximum effectiveness, and teammates support one […]

Remember Your Audience

Remember Your Audience

On May 2, 2009, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC moved into a brand new hospital – that doesn’t look like a hospital. Big, open spaces, bold, vibrant colors, service wings named after animals. Designers knew their audience. Window washers dressed like Superheroes (Spiderman, Batman, etc.) to say “Hello” to the children as they were […]

May: Increasing Potential Donor Engagement

May: Increasing Potential Donor Engagement

This month, I promised to focus on increasing potential donor engagement. One way is to invite. People LOVE to be invited to participate. They may say “no,” but they’re appreciative of the fact that they’ve been “invited” to become involved rather than “asked” to participate.  Even though in Development, the action involving the request for […]