The Next Melissa

A quick stroll through my Facebook memories on September 29 reveals that a year ago, I was in Portland, OR. During that trip I met with a 1988 social work graduate. We’ll call her Melissa. It was the first time she’d met with someone from the University. Her most recent gift was $25 in 2009, [...]

By | October 15th, 2020|Blog Posts, Forum Blog|0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Living Intentionally

I am not fit.  My garage is not clean.  I have not written a novel.  Where did my commute time go? Like many of you, I have not been commuting since the COVID-19 outbreak began. After six months of “staying safer at home,” I calculated that I had saved a whopping 480 hours of time. [...]

By | September 24th, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Remote Advancement Divisions – The “New Normal?”

The term “new normal” is highly polarizing in certain circles. What is normal and what is so new about the way we are living and working now? Sometimes it seems as if the dialogue around a “new normal” sanitizes the idea that our present is okay because normal is synonymous with regular. Yes, there are [...]

By | August 18th, 2020|Blog Posts|1 Comment

Leadership During Complicated Times

Leadership is a difficult concept to master when times are good and an extraordinary challenge during complicated periods.  Dare I say we are in a complicated period? The pandemic has created a public health crisis and fiscal storm which has evolved into a political conflict and is further compounded by social tensions.  No challenges there…right? [...]

By | August 3rd, 2020|Blog Posts|0 Comments

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|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