An Opportunity to Move Away from Event Dependency

For nonprofits that have long been laboring under the heavy yoke of managing multiple major fundraising events, this pandemic crisis has created a window of opportunity to change that dynamic and look to create a more balanced approach to revenue generation. Many organizations for years have wanted to migrate away from this traditional dependency, but [...]

By | June 4th, 2020|Blog Posts, Forum Blog|0 Comments

Keep It All Going

Here’s how we often experience change: first we’re told that change is afoot; then we see a few concrete signs of change, but it’s nothing major to worry about. Eventually, the time comes when we’re told—with some measure of discretion, sensitivity and respect for our feelings—that change is inevitable. And, finally, when we’re well prepared [...]

By | May 7th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Strategies for Nonprofits to Rise to the Fundraising Challenge of COVID-19

Thanks for joining! The Friday Forum's Virtual Roundtable held on April 17 was the second session on this topic, due to popular demand. The slides associated with this session hosted by FF President, Sharon Stanczak, joined by Larry Raff of Copley Raff, Inc. and Nelson Checkoway of Rising Tide Direct, are here: COVID-19 TFF ZOOM PRESENTATION [...]

By | April 20th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Are Small Colleges a Safe Philanthropic Bet?

A Boston Globe article on November 19, 2019 “Under pressure from colleges, advising company yanks report on their financial health” addresses an important topic few in higher education want to discuss. With a recent spat of college closures, mergers and acquisitions, a college advisory services firm called Edmit was about to publish its report that [...]

By | December 23rd, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Ten Rules to Live By for Senior Development Professionals

Here a few “rules” that I’ve learned from a career in development. Hopefully some of them resonate with you! RECOGNIZE. On a regular basis, recognize the important contributions of a member of your team. Even the small things. Kindness goes a long way and it builds confidence and contributes to a healthy culture. Do it [...]

By | November 10th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Whew! Mission accomplished!

That is how I feel after celebrating the successful completion of Bryant University’s second comprehensive campaign in the institution’s 156-year history! Although the frontline fundraisers, special events staff, and communications team are exhausted from the nine-year odyssey, the entire University is riding on an emotional high and is ready to begin thinking about the next [...]

By | October 31st, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Never Fundraised … Where to Begin?

It shouldn’t be hard to understand that many nonprofits choose not to conduct public fundraising. Many rely on membership fees, existing endowment fund proceeds, grants, contributions from “well healed” founding members or families or net income annual conferences, symposia or other participant fee generated activities. The Friday Forum is just such an organization. But what [...]

By | September 6th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

“What’s not to love?”

Ahhh, summers in Boston; so much to love...the Swan Boats, Cape weekends, walks along the Charles, ice cream!  And a few things to hate...traffic, Cape traffic, tunnel traffic, college move in/out traffic, middle-of-the-day-for-no-good-reason traffic.  Check out this Boston Magazine article, "15 Things to love and 11 things to loathe about Boston" for a more complete [...]

By | August 26th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

The Might in Mentoring

What career advice would you give your younger self? Perhaps along your career path you might have been blessed to find an experienced colleague, manager, or friendly soul who was willing to serve as a mentor. This Someone Special may have had a mighty impact on you, providing great advice or connecting you with someone [...]

By | July 11th, 2019|Blog Posts|1 Comment

The Power of the Handwritten Note

I experienced a loss this year. And, because I am blessed with loving family, friends, and colleagues, I received numerous phone calls, emails and text messages.  But what grabbed my heart was discovering several envelopes with my name and address handwritten on them (with real stamps!) as I sorted through my daily mail. There was something [...]

By | June 17th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments