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Three Things that Bother Me About Our Industry--#1—Leadership Will Not Raise Money.

Generally, I consider myself to be a positive person.  I can usually see hope in almost any situation.  But lately, a few things have really been bugging me so much about the industry I love and they keep coming at me almost daily. 747 more words

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Not Asking Donors? Don’t blame the Major Gift Officer

If you are afraid to ask someone for money you should not be involved in major gift fundraising.  That sounds pretty logical, right?  Yet, when Richard and I get involved in helping non-profits with their major gift programs, we find so many MGOs who don’t ask their donors for gifts. 741 more words

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Events: What are they good for?

Several months ago I was on a Skype call with a friend of mine who is a priest living in the mountains of Bolivia.  He’s working with some of the poorest people in South America.  951 more words

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Trust the Process

Recently, I was sitting across the table from the CEO of a very large non-profit we work with.  He said, “Jeff, tell me how our MGOs are doing.”  “Well”, I said, “all of your MGOs have exceeded their revenue goals in 2012 and overall your major gift program is up 70% in revenue over last year.” 1,145 more words

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Five Things You Must Do At The Beginning of This Calendar Year #4 – Review Your Use of Time

The waste or misuse of time is one of the key reasons an MGO fails at his or her job.

Now, as soon as some MGOs read this statement many will say that their manager gave them some lousy donors and that’s the reason for the failure.  1,031 more words

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Five New Year’s Resolutions for an Outstanding 2013--#2—Prioritize Your Life

How many times during the day do you find yourself in the middle of something you and stop and say, “Why am I doing this?”  Or, as you look back over the last month or last year, how many things did you do that you’re still scratching your head over? 669 more words

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Reflecting on 2012—How did YOU do on those Resolutions?

Wow, can you believe 2012 is about to come to a close?  I can’t.  This year has just flown by.  Naturally, at this point in December, I begin to think about all that has happened this past year and then I remembered that exactly a year ago I wrote the “Six New Year’s Resolutions that will Change Your Life” series.  510 more words

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