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, Forum Blog|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

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|1 Comment