• Covid-19,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  Leadership,  Professional Development,  Reading list

    Leadership in Times of Crisis

    The number one challenge I’ve been hearing from leaders around the globe throughout the pandemic has been about leading teams remotely. It comes up in every conversation thus I started gathering resources here and will be adding more: Check out the May update of the Covid-19: 7 fundraisers in 7 places article for great tidbits on leadership currently in action. Here’s a reading list from the Harvard Business Review: The Psychology Behind Effective Crisis LeadershipWhat your people actually need from you. Communicating Through the Coronavirus CrisisBe as transparent as you can. What Good Leadership Looks Like During This PandemicThe approach that’s setting nimble leaders apart. Lead Your Team into a…

  • Covid-19,  International

    Covid-19: 7 fundraisers in 7 places — update

    Covid-19 has created an intensely challenging moment in our lives, our history, and our economy. I was curious to know how my colleagues, who generously shared their insights at the beginning of the pandemic, are adapting to the changing situations in their parts of the world. Are they struggling? What can we learn? How are donors responding to the situation? The two common themes emerging from this mosaic of perspectives are 1) that successful fundraisers continue to fundraise, while being mindful and intentional with a focus on engagement and stewardship and 2) donors continue to support the causes they care about. Seven fundraising professionals in seven places: Robert Dixon, Director…

  • Communications,  Covid-19,  Healthcare Fundraising

    Bill Littlejohn, Sharp HealthCare Foundation response to C19, part 3

    Thank you to Bill Littlejohn for providing the communications package from Sharp HealthCare Foundation. Sharp Philanthropy UpdateDate: April 17, 2020To: SHF Board of DirectorsSharp Philanthropy TeamFrom:Bill Littlejohn, SVP and CEOSubject: Sharp Philanthropy Update Today’s update is mostly a virtual tour and links to Sharp’s leadership in the fight against COVID-19. We’ll begin with the front page story from both the LA Times and San Diego Union Tribune of the incredible images from Sharp Memorial and Sharp Chula Vista.  Be sure to check them out – searing and powerful and a reminder of the power of philanthropy to provide for our caregivers and the patients we serve. We are exceedingly pleased…

  • Covid-19,  Healthcare Fundraising,  International

    Bill Littlejohn, Sharp HealthCare Foundation response to C19, part 2

    As we begin week four of quarantine/stay-at-home and prepare for the surge in San Diego; a Part II from my earlier post on our system’s response to COVID-19.  As for many of us and our communities, it is all C19 all the time.  It is important that in that focus, we also expand our giving opportunities and strive to maintain productive in a very disrupted work environment.  I encourage others to share your experiences as this will also be a learning experience for our programs and profession. Maintain productive work environment We’ve continued our combination of work at home as well as the office.  Beginning this week, all employees will…

  • Covid-19,  Healthcare Fundraising,  International

    Bill Littlejohn, Sharp HealthCare Foundation response to C19, part 1

    A HUGE thank you to Bill Littlejohn, CEO and Senior VP, Sharp HealthCare Foundation, San Diego, California, USA, for sharing what he posted on the AHP Huddle including the Update from the Foundations document – very powerful and educational! I love the clarity and transparency everything is being communicated with — it sure sets the bar high. This is fundraising excellence in practice. Wish other organizations would do this. I’m certain their donors appreciate this open communication immensely. So much to be learned from both pieces…. and from Bill (check out his insights here). I am so impressed with his openness to sharing his knowledge with colleagues. From Bill: Many…

  • Covid-19,  International

    Covid-19: 7 fundraisers in 7 places

    As the tide of the Covid-19 pandemic rolls on across the globe and into North America, it is threatening to crush some nonprofits, while others may find themselves riding on a relatively smooth wave of financial support. Most will find themselves somewhere in between. There are many unknowns and uncertainties as we navigate the stormy seas of fundraising and donor relations in the coming months. Relationship fundraising pioneer, Ken Burnett, suggests the crisis could be fundraising’s finest hour, when we turn to our donors with what he calls a ‘Let’s give before we get, sharing with our friends’ approach’. At the core is the “supporter’s experience that matters most.” Having…

  • Covid-19,  Day in Life

    A Day in the Life – Covid-19 Edition – Kat Steiner, CFRE

    Covid-19 is disrupting business as usual. Curious to know how your fundraising colleagues are managing and keeping the balls in the air in other places? Here’s the Covid-Edition of “A Day in the Life”. A BIG thank you to Kat, who is one of the most thoughtful and resourceful fundraisers I know and immediately agreed to share what effects she’s experiencing. Thank you, Kat! Kat Steiner, CFRE, Director of Development, The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio To fundraising, I’m learning to stop with the tasking and start thinking holistically.  I’m very sensitive to the fact that one in five people are projected to be unemployed. For me, this is an…