Good People, Good Work

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a (true) match - Part B

Late-winter rant # 4

Was I the only one who didn't know that goverment matches have changed?

Appeals that offer donors a match to their gifts are usually straightforward. Even the mismatched petitions mentioned in the previous post are simple to understand.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a (true) match - Part A

Late winter rant # 3

Is our "matching gift" offer to donors more decorative than substantial?

Can we fundraisers please be careful about what we say about donors’ gifts being “matched?”

I’m seeing numerous appeals promising that donor gifts will be matched, but from experience I'm pretty certain that not all are true matches.

Do people believe our phony urgency?

Late-winter rant # 2

A hallmark of digital appeals I received this past fall was a manufactured urgency demanding that I act immediately: bad consequences would pile up if I delayed my gift beyond some deadline set by the charity.

How to dim your message, deflect your readers & deflate your impact

Late-winter rant # 1

It’s official – I’m a grump.

But I had help achieving this status – a parade of slip-ups in donor communications.  These missteps result either from laziness or organizational myopia, and have me hoping some charities I support will make a bit more effort when communicating with me.

Part 2- Setting a big goal - ending poverty - and making results measurable

CHANGING LIVES. BUILDING COMMUNITIES. TRANSFORMING TORONTO.

How The Yonge Street Mission set out to create measureable progress

Second of a two-part conversation with CEO Angie Draskovic

Donors of all kinds want measurable results. I began exploring this theme in an earlier post here.

Setting a big goal - ending poverty - and making results measurable - part 1

CHANGING LIVES. BUILDING COMMUNITIES. TRANSFORMING TORONTO.

How The Yonge Street Mission set out to create measureable progress

First of a two-part conversation with CEO Angie Draskovic

Donors of all kinds want measurable results. I began exploring this theme in an earlier post here

The success of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Measuring results for many charities is tricky. Helping people grasp reality is a good start.

In 1992, I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman; he was playing a young student in Scent of a Woman. In the 1996 movie Twister, he added whirlwind energy as a manic storm chaser. and strongly registered with me.  

But in 1999’s Magnolia, his performance as a compassionate nurse providing palliative care to Jason Robards moved me and made me a fan. And his 2005 Oscar-winning role as author Truman Capote was unnerving.

Hostages to Fear or Agents of Hope?

Fear-based choices send us down the wrong road

 

Is a renewed “contagion of fear” taking hold in the charitable sector? 

There's lots to fear in current events and the economy. My RSPs are making no money, the world is in turmoil, Canada’s economic prospects have dimmed and on and on.

Blunt or presumptuous?

When elevating sights among donors, finesse is important but relationship trumps all

Recently I was at a committee table of staff and volunteers planning a capital campaign. It’s always energizing when we start to put in place the team that will change a campaign from a possibility to a reality.

Direct-response fundraisers: only the resolute need apply

The KMA whitemail experiment epilogue

All fundraising results are highly measurable but no one is easier to scrutinize than direct response marketers. My hat is off to you.

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