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, Forum Blog|0 Comments

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

Life as a Road Warrior

For many of us in development, taking to the road is a necessary and critical part of the job. We need to fly the friendly skies in order to identify and qualify donors, educate them on the needs of our organizations, and solicit them for transformational gifts. How often have we described a trip to [...]

By | May 18th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Interview with Birgit Smith Burton, Founder of the African American Development Officers Network (AADO)

By Sharon J. Stanczak, President, The Friday Forum An Advancement Visionary I am pleased to welcome Birgit Smith Burton to The Friday Forum Blog. Birgit is the Executive Director of Development, Foundation Relations at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Founder of the African American Development Officers Network (AADO). In partnership with CASE, the AADO [...]

By | April 3rd, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

A New Paradigm is Upon Us – The Donor Pyramid is Narrowing – Happy New Year!

It is time for our industry to respond to a changing donor-fundraising paradigm that is rapidly accelerating and can catch many stakeholder nonprofits off guard.  While the “donor pyramid” has served us well for decades, where the broad base of the pyramid represents many small dollar donors and the top represents transformational donors, new economic [...]

By | February 4th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Resolving to be more Resolute in 2019

There is little doubt that 2019 will be an interesting year. And by "interesting," I mean turbulent.  It's already off to an unpredictable start with so much uncertainty in the financial markets and across the political landscape.  Those of us in the fundraising world are eager, if not anxious, to know how year-end giving actually [...]

By | January 4th, 2019|Blog Posts|0 Comments

“Making Stress Your Friend”

Welcome to December; raise your hand if you have experienced stress this year. Statistically speaking, you are sitting in front of your computer with your hand in the air. Stress, ugh! That horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach, sweaty palms, racing heart and overwhelming feeling of anxiety and inability to take action. I’m [...]

By | December 3rd, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Development’s Golden Rule

It’s the Achilles’ heel of development shops.  After months of interviewing and vetting potential candidates for a position, an offer is made and accepted. From there you invest endless time and energy to ensure that your new staff member has a wonderful onboarding experience. Your new colleague begins to make connections, ingratiating themselves with internal [...]

By | November 6th, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments

A Culture of Philanthropy – Why it Matters

Everyone has heard the expression “Building a Culture of Philanthropy.” Before you sigh, roll your eyes and click away, take just a few seconds to think about what does it really mean to have a culture of philanthropy at your institution or organization? Do you have one? Does it matter if you don’t? Too often [...]

By | October 15th, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments

“What’s in Your Backpack for Unrestricted Support?”

There’s just something about September. Even if you don’t set your clock to an academic year, this month traditionally marks the beginning of something “new” in some ways, more than the calendar new year. September may mean a new grade, maybe a new school, maybe a religious New Year. In September, campaigning for mid-term elections [...]

By | September 6th, 2018|Blog Posts|0 Comments