Sending Tweens On Their Own Path of Philanthropy

My twin daughters are 10 months away from becoming b’not (the plural of bat) mitzvah, which means, among other things, they are planning for their mitzvah project. For those of you unfamiliar with the practice I will quote our congregation’s guidebook, “our children are asked to dedicate 18 hours to … [Read more...]

Should You Be Following Fundraising Trends?

Over the weekend I listened to a podcast on Chinese cooking from America’s Test Kitchen Radio (this may seem off topic but stick around and I will make the connection). After I heard from Fuchsia Dunlop, author of “Every Grain of Rice,” I decided I should go out and purchase this almost vegetarian … [Read more...]

You Have a New Mission and Vision – Now What?

There are many reasons to ensure your mission and vision are still relevant and supported within your organization. Here are a few: You are about to start a strategic planning process You have had a major change in staff or board leadership You are considering a capital campaign You want … [Read more...]

10 Tips For Getting Organized This Fall

As I was looking at a recent school supply list, I saw the word organizer.  It occurred to me that this fall, my 3rd grade twins are not the only ones who should be considering some additional organization. I have been in my new home for two years and I now have a better idea of how I work in my … [Read more...]

In My Opinion… There Are Too Many Nonprofits

For some time, I have had the notion that there are, simply put, too many nonprofits. This may seem like a strange statement to be made from a consultant whose income is derived from nonprofits searching for funding and new executive leadership, but I will stand by my guns and repeat – there are too … [Read more...]

Q. How do we do fundraising without too much exertion?

A. At first look, this question is the epitome of stereotypical American culture. So much so, that I almost took it as a joke and deleted it. And then, I decided that if it was intended to be heard with a bit of sarcasm, it was too common a question and deserved an answer. Sometimes it is stated … [Read more...]

Q. What is the value of a formal, quadrennial, strategic planning process?

A. To put it simply there are concrete benefits to creating a plan. Why? 1 - Creating a plan will engage your board, lay leadership and staff to settle on goals for the next few years. 2 - If you are in an organization where there is an abundance of ideas of what should/could be done but lack … [Read more...]

Q. What is the most common reason that well-intentioned fundraising efforts get derailed?

A. While there can be an array of specific reasons, our experience is that it can all be summed up in two words: execution and leadership. Fundraising consultants like Mersky, Jaffe & Associates are hired to help you through the process. We can teach you best practices, advise you how to … [Read more...]

Knowing What Your Donors Want

Last week’s issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy had a thought-provoking article on how public-television has altered their donor strategy.  They are shifting on-air pledge drives to a lower priority position in their overall campaign and considerably raising the priority of individual major … [Read more...]

Tsunami Relief

Match the average percentage of Tsunami relief effort donations raised online by each of the organizations listed below: 1. 31%                          A. CARE USA 2. 40%                          B. Oxfam America 3. 80%                          C. … [Read more...]