Plan for Failure – Don’t Fear It

Plan for Failure – Don’t Fear It

Sometimes the idea of writing that grant proposal, or reaching out to the friend of a friend, or sitting down for coffee with a new prospect seems daunting and paralyzing. What if they say no? Where do I even start to ensure that I don't fail? Well, there's a good chance they will say no... or not right now. And that's ok. Getting told "no" is part of fundraising and I might say, life in general. The one thing you can count on is if you don't ask or try, you will never…Read more
Finding the right Development Director

Finding the right Development Director

One of the most common recommendations I make to nonprofit leaders is to hire a development staffer. I then help them understand how to find the resources and capacity to do it. Once the money is secured and nonprofits embark on the journey of hiring, most have a difficult time finding the right person for the job. Considering that recruiting firm fees start at $15,000, it's up to you to find your talent. Here are a few things to keep in mind to attract strong candidates during your next fundraising hiring process. 1. You get…Read more
So you think you hate fundraising… now what?

So you think you hate fundraising… now what?

I love fundraising. People think I'm crazy for it. Most of my clients contact me because they know they need to beef up their fundraising program, but they either think they can't do it themselves or they don't want to do it themselves. If you fall into this category, I'm here to tell you... You absolutely CAN fundraise and will likely be surprised to find out that it's quite fun. If you are nervous or plain petrified of fundraising, here are a few things to keep in mind: 1. Fundraising is NOT about…Read more
Fundraising Day Wisconsin – don’t miss it! I’m serious.

Fundraising Day Wisconsin – don’t miss it! I’m serious.

Summer is definitely my favorite time of year. Life is a little more sunny, laid back, and I'm one of those rare people who bask in humidity. It's also the time of year for Fundraising Day Wisconsin - honestly one of my favorite professional events. This one-day conference is a partnership between the Madison and Milwaukee AFP chapters. I attended my first one in 2016 and it far exceeded my expectations. I was impressed that my consulting hero, Gail Perry was the keynote speaker. Penelope Burke, Rachel Muir, and so many other nationally-recognized, phenomenal…Read more
5 smart non-profit blogs you should start following now

5 smart non-profit blogs you should start following now

As I kick-off my new blog, I am excited to share with you - our non-profit leaders - tools, news, and resources to support your incredible work throughout the Wisconsin community and beyond. After five years in non-profit consulting, I've been inspired and amazed at the blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literally!) that you are putting into the over 3,000 non-profits in our region. I've seen so much good happening across the state and I'm grateful to play a small part in supporting you. First off, I'd like to connect you to a few smart, helpful,…Read more