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Mind the Gap: Integration Ideas at BBCON’s Higher Education Forum

The BBCON conference brings together professionals from across the globe to discuss how to leverage technology (and related processes) to support our vital missions. Within each fundraising team, integrating functions and increasing results requires thoughtful collaboration and shared understanding. Technology, communication and training, and organizational culture issues must be aligned to help the team spin […]

New Data on Fundraising Operations and Perceptions

Different groups perceive fundraising operations differently, and this greatly affects advancement services. How do I know this? While it’s an intuitive aspect of fundraising operations work, the data are pretty clear. I completed a study in the last few weeks. The survey is an extension of work I conducted for An Executive’s Guide to Fundraising Operations, which […]

Shining a light on how to think…

This is my favorite quote on the year:  ”You succumb to survivorship bias because you are innately terrible with statistics.” The “you” here is the Royal “You”. The author is Dave McRaney. And this gem of a statement is shorthand for saying that most folks could improve how they evaluate situations and make decisions, if they […]

Must read for our industry

Have you read Daniel Pink’s “To Sell is Human”? It is a great, quick read about the sociology, psychology, and mechanics of selling (defined by Pink as persuasion, rather than pure sales, per se). The book (check it out here) presents some terrific tactics for increasing effectiveness of moving others. This book is especially valuable […]

A new way to judge nonprofits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013

Reblogged from TED Blog: Dan Pallotta created two huge charity initiatives — AIDS Rides bicycle journeys and Breast Cancer 3-Day events. These initiatives raised $108 million for HIV/AIDS and $194 million for breast cancer. Both had their best years in 2002 … and then Pallotta’s nonprofit went out of business. In the final session of […]

A shining example of the power of, well, filing

Did you see this amazing New York Times story of manuscripts and other Timbuktu artifacts being stored away for protection? (click here, but may be subscription-based) While the circumstances there are dramatically more dramatic than any development shop, I was moved by the care in handling these materials. And, at the risk of seeming glib, […]