• #donorlove,  Conferences,  Creative,  International

    IWITOT 2020 – the year I participated as a virtual speaker!

    A few weeks ago, I had the honor to be an invited speaker at IWITOT where I spoke about one of my favorite topics #donorlove. I’ll write a separate blog post about my presentation in the next few days. For now check out the speaker list and buy your recording of the virtual IWITOT here. All proceeds go to the SOFII Foundation! To celebrate brilliant fundraising and connect phenomenal fundraisers with amazing ideas, this year’s IWITOT was a completely virtual event and allowed people all over the globe to have access to some of the most inspiring campaigns in the sector.  Over 750 fundraisers joined in on April 21st 2020 to see 17…

  • Books,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  General,  International,  Professional Development

    Simone’s Bookshelf: more lifelong learning ideas

    Hi again from Simone Joyaux… More lifelong learning ideas. Just a quick run around my office. Authors / sources that I regularly read (or must read very soon!) – just good business stuff! Jim Collins Heath Brothers Seth Godin (His free daily blog and all his books!) Harvard Business Review About the nonprofit sector and fundraising and stuff…just a very very few… Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang (All their books and articles…And the reports on the website Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy.) Roger Craver (Free daily blog and books) Jeff Brooks and Tom Ahern (Donor-centered communications) SOFII (Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration) Moceanic  These are just my top-of-mind this week. But…

  • Day in Life,  Professional Development

    Day in Life – Covid-19 Edition – Cynthia Khoo-Robinson

    There’s so much to say about Cynthia. We met through the AFP Cincinnati Mentoring Program and she’s been an amazing mentor to me ever since. She introduced me to higher ed donor relations and stewardship, which was exactly what I needed at the time to become a more well-rounded fundraiser. The photo on the right is the Cincy gang at ICON 2018 in New Orleans. Thank you, Cynthia, for always having my back and sharing your new found routine with us! Cynthia Khoo-Robinson, CFRE, Associate Vice President of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving at University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA Cynthia has more than 30+ years experience raising money…

  • 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…

  • Books,  Fundraiser's Bookshelf,  International,  Professional Development

    Simone’s Bookshelf

    Hip hip hooray! Simone Joyaux is in the house!! I’m so deeply honored to have this personal hero of mine and international fundraising “rock” star kick off The Fundraiser’s Bookshelf Series on my blog. THANK YOU, SIMONE!!! I had the immense luck of meeting Simone very early in my fundraising career and she has been my North Star all along. Do yourself a HUGE favor and read everything she has written and done — books, articles, webinars, videos, posts (she has a huge treasure trove of free resources on her website https://www.simonejoyaux.com, don’t forget to bookmark it!) — she is truly brilliant. I could go on and on singing her…