Big Ticket Giving

I still remember the day I got my formal education in major gift solicitation. An elderly donor in Indianapolis had made several regular gifts in the $10,000 to $15,000 range, but she had the capacity to give far more. She seemed to have a genuine fondness for the charity, reached…

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A new take on diversity

Diversity is one of those hot button topics that is particularly relevant in the philanthropic community. Whether we are applying for a grant, or rubbing elbows in our charitable circles, diversity always finds a way to enter the conversation. For the purpose of this post, I would like us to…

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Capital Improvements

On August 23rd, 2014 I was sitting at a board of directors meeting with a dozen other leaders discussing the future of one of the most important Christian Universities in all of Africa. 60 years earlier pioneer missionaries traveled into remote jungle regions of Nigeria to establish Nigerian Christian Bible…

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Non-profit Salaries

A friend recently published a response to a post on Franklin Graham’s annual salary. My response in this blog is neither an endorsement or an indictment of Franklin Graham – it is a response to the general population’s attitudes towards non-profit salaries.  I have spent most of my career working…

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