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The Wiggles

When my son was younger, he loved to watch a children’s program from Australia called “The Wiggles.” If you had kids who grew up in the early 2000s, you may remember the show, featuring a musical group of four Australians who danced and sang and jumped around. The characters never stopped moving! It was quite entertaining. I found myself thinking …

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The Real Pandemic

I usually enjoy reading the Wall Street Journal. Because I love real estate, I especially like the “Mansion” section on Fridays. If I am being honest, it has not been very fun to read the WSJ this year. The headlines have been filled with such awful things…horrible fires in Australia, protests in Hong Kong, and of course, COVID-19. But then …

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It’s Friday, But Sunday is Coming

Several years ago, I got to hear Tony Campolo speak. Tony has been writing and preaching since the 1980s, bringing people to Jesus in numbers we can’t even imagine. When I saw Tony speak, he gave what is now a rather famous sermon. It’s called “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming!” In this sermon, Tony does an incredible job of balancing …

Finding the Next Step in Uncertain Times

This is a blog post I never expected to write. Many of you probably feel the same way as you craft emails to donors, staff, and maybe even clients. What do you say when you are in the middle of something so foreign to most of us? So much of our daily life has been altered by the pandemic. For …

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Fundraising and the coronavirus

Over the last weeks, I have come to expect this daily question: “Brad, what is going to happen to giving and fundraising due to the coronavirus?” As fundraising professionals, it is only natural to ponder this question, especially when our economy may face significant disruption. To answer this question, I want to talk about running marathons. Over years of running, …

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Million-Dollar Gifts Are Not the Point…

Recently I got to spend time with a friend and major donor who has given millions to one of my clients. This donor has worked hard his entire life. He started with nothing, went to college, and then built a very successful business leveraging all he knew and had learned. Today he has a huge business empire. Along the way, …

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As Efficient as Waffle House

Today I had the best meal of my year.  It was unbelievable, absolutely amazing, the most delicious food I could ever possibly eat.  I ordered cheese eggs, raisin toast with Apple butter,  bacon, grits, smothered hashbrowns, and a waffle.  Those of you who know me realize that I don’t typically eat that way, but I ran a marathon today.  On …

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The Ripple Effect

One of the ten essential components of an effective case statement is the lifetime value of an organization. It’s vital to show how your organization impacts people over the course of a lifetime.  Last week I got the chance to be a part of the anniversary celebration of Young Life in St. Augustine. As some of you know, I was …

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A Seat at the Table

Several years ago, I worked with one of our clients to raise about 50 million dollars. As a part of this campaign, we helped them launch an Executive Campaign Committee, or ECC. For those of you who don’t know what an ECC is, it is a group of major donors who commit to giving lead gifts to the campaign. They …

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A Leadership Crisis

If you knew more than half of the people you work with were planning to leave their jobs, would you be concerned? That sort of news would definitely give me pause. Currently, we face that very crisis in the field of fundraising – a crisis of leadership. A recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy states that 51% of people involved in fundraising say …