by: David Phillips Top 10 Effective Fundraising Rules Rule #1: Always approach prospective donors with two carefully trained people, at least one of whom should be a social and/or business peer of the prospective donor. Rule #2: When you solicit a gift, you need to be crystal clear—especially as it relates to the amount of … Read moreThe Need to Be Clear
It has been said that there are three questions each of us must ask ourselves: Who are you? Why are you here? Why will it matter? These are good questions for any nonprofit or NGO to answer as well. You know who you are, you know what you are here to do, and you know … Read moreKey Secrets to Cultivating Stronger Relationships
Charleston, the “Holy City.” So named because of an overriding religious history and a burgeoning reconciliation between races. A holy city’s peace shattered by bullets claiming nine lives at what has been considered the “mother” church among African-Americans, Emmanuel AME Church, founded by freed slaves long before the Civil War. A peace now torn asunder … Read moreWhen It’s Time To Lead, Who Steps Up?
A little more than two weeks ago, the clouds thickened in our Charleston community and the torrential rains came. First, there was a torrent of hate, fear and horrible slaughter. But then came an even more overwhelming storm of love, forgiveness and Christian grace. It makes me think of the promise of the rainbow from … Read moreThe Silver Lining in a Horribly Dark Cloud