March: Everybody Fundraises – If You Want to Be Distinctive, You Must Advance Toward Development

March: Everybody Fundraises – If You Want to Be Distinctive, You Must Advance Toward Development

Last month’s article described the differences between fundraising and development. While fundraising (candy sales, car washes, sales of products, etc.) is still important in the short-term, the long-term way to ensure the viability of an organization is through development (which includes annual and alumni appeals, grantwriting, major gifts, planned giving and business/corporate sponsorship). The article […]

December: Transition

December: Transition

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Once you get the Development ball rolling, you’ll discover three things: 1) Doing something different does indeed produce different results, although they may be way different from what you expected to happen.  And, different doesn’t necessarily mean “better,” […]

October: CHANGE Continued

October: CHANGE Continued

Someone once told me, “Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.”  Some schools throughout the nation are realizing this when it comes to state-funded voucher programs.  While initially celebrated as a victory for parental choice in education, and a help to faith-based and private schools in carrying out their mission of service to […]

September: CHANGE

September: CHANGE

Fall begins this month, and Fall is the season of CHANGE. That’s a very special word when it comes to Development. The letters of the word form an acronym describing the activities of people involved with Development and Advancement. And, not only is change difficult, it’s feared. For five years, I worked with an organization that slowly modified […]