Practice Humility | Tip of the Morning to You!

Jul 20, 2020
 

Welcome to “Tip of the Morning to You!”

Step 1: I Can Do This!

You’re enthusiastic and have some experience working or volunteering in the sector. While you bring a lot of skills to the job, there are a lot of things you’re not familiar with or aware of: about the job, about the sector and about the profession. But you’re keen to learn.

Tip #3: PRACTICE HUMILITY. 

Ours is a profession with a body of knowledge. If you are coming to this sector from another sector, acknowledge that we have years of experience, research and best practices. And while ours is a profession that, like any, can benefit from some shaking up, we also have a collective wisdom from experience and research.

Want to see the entire Learning and Action Journey in a really cool little chart? Click here to download the entire guide.

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Learn the Rules, Then Break Them | Tip of the Morning to You

Jul 16, 2020
 

Welcome to “Tip of the Morning to You!” If you’re on Step 1 (I Can Do This!) of a Fundraiser’s Learning and Action Journey, you’re enthusiastic and have some experience working or volunteering in the sector. While you bring a lot of skills to the job, there are a lot of things you’re not familiar with or aware of: about the job, about the sector and about the profession. But you’re keen to learn.

Tip #2: LEARN the rules so you can be strategic and confident about breaking them. There is so much to learn. Fundraising is full of many disciplines that you have to bring together to craft a comprehensive fundraising plan. But learn the basics and once you have some mastery, you can begin to experiment and break the rules. 

There are lots of ways to learn: go to conferences, take courses (check out FundraisingLab.ca), join Spark, read books and blogs, listen to podcasts, implement new initiatives at work (nothing teaches you how to do...

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Finding a Mentor | Tip of the Morning to You!

Jul 09, 2020
 

Welcome to my series: “Tip of the Morning, to you!” where I share a quick tip about the Fundraiser’s 4-step Learning and Action Journey I created and that you can find in my online Membership Community, Spark.

It’s a common path that fundraisers follow as they move through their careers. It’s a learning journey because the best fundraisers I know never stop learning. And I’ve added in the action part because fundraising requires us to raise money, so we have a lot to DO, too.

Step 1: I Can Do This!

You’re enthusiastic and have some experience working or volunteering in the sector. While you bring a lot of skills to the job, there are a lot of things you’re not familiar with or aware of: about the job, about the sector and about the profession. But you’re keen to learn.

Tip #1: FIND A MENTOR. Fundraising is such a broad profession with so many disciplines, that it’s hard to know where to start your journey. So, find a mentor...

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COVID-19 and Resilience

Mar 23, 2020
 

This is a time for Resilience. Grit. Perseverance. Collaboration. Selflessness. Altruism. Not just in our world of fundraising but in all life. This a time for EQ – not IQ. Above all, this is a time for kindness.

In today's video, I will be talking about some of the interactions I have been having over the past week, some thoughts to keep in mind, and a little bit of advice to get you through this trying time,

Take gentle care.

Cathy

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These are extraordinary times...

Mar 18, 2020
 

And we’re being asked to be extraordinary in response. 

For some it feels like the world is swirling out of control and we're seeing and hearing about the fear, concern and downright panic people are feeling.

So, this is our attempt at offering some comfort – or at least some perspective as you try to adjust in these trying times.

We hope you like it.

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5 Things to Keep Your Fundraising Program Going During COVID -19

Mar 17, 2020
 

COVID-19 has changed everything. How do you keep fundraising when folks are worried about the state of the world and worried about their health?

In this video, I'll explain 5 tangible actions and things to keep in mind during this time including KYPU! (watch the video to see what that means.)

Take gentle care.

Cathy

 

As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more the good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude. -- Etty Hillesum

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Does your organization have the right conditions for fundraising?

Jan 16, 2020
 

If you want to succeed at fundraising, you can't simply work hard at raising money. You need to create the right conditions within your organization - the enabling ecology - for fundraising to thrive.

The enabling ecology approach  intentionally integrates the culture of philanthropy and your organizational values directly into your fundraising program.

In this video, Cathy Mann, MA, CFRE 
shares the four elements of the enabling ecology and why you need all four for fundraising to thrive. 

Read the full article now

 

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Uncovering the Secrets of Sponsorship

Sep 23, 2019
 

It may be hard to reflect on the worst thing about your last fundraising event. But as Chris Baylis of the Sponsorship Collective reveals, this type of data is critical to getting companies interested in sponsoring your organization.

In anticipation of our first webinar, The Fundraisers' Guide to Corporate Giving, webinar hosts Cathy Mann & Chris Baylis sat down and recorded a podcast episode about what is often perceived as the "secretive" world of cause sponsorship.

In the episode, Chris and Cathy discuss how the last thing fundraisers should do to try to attract sponsorship dollars is to send a sponsorship proposal. And how little mission matters when it comes to sponsorship.

So, if you work for a charity, how do you get a company interested in sponsoring your organization? According to Chris, there are two key components to sponsorship success: valuation and audience data. 

If you're looking to get a...

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I tried a little experiment

Jul 31, 2019

I tried a little experiment recently. On LinkedIn, I asked a simple question: what advice would you give to your younger fundraising self? A couple of dozen folks shared their best advice. Here’s a link to the article I wrote about it in case you want to check it out.

Their responses got me thinking. So I tried another experiment. I asked, ““What are the fundraising questions keeping you up at night?” and offered to answer as many as I could. Over the course of 3 online webinars, I spoke to over 100 fundraisers, program staff, executive directors and board members about all manner of fundraising questions.

When I think back to the early days of my fundraising career, I, at times, tossed and turned as I doubted my decisions or approaches. Had I overlooked something? Did I make things too complicated? Thankfully, I was able to meet mentors along the way who calmed my fears. They helped mold me into the fundraiser that I am today. Each of these...

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9 things I wish I had known early in my fundraising career

May 07, 2019

I’ve been working in fundraising for a long time. As a result, sometimes, I think things that are common sense – simply because I’ve been at this for a while – are not common at all. I was reminded of this a few years ago when friends helped my partner and I re-side an extension on our house. It was humbling and an important lesson. In the arrogant way that only a complete naïve can offer, I said, “It’s a little extension. How hard can it be to re-side?” I have not yet lived down those words.

My very experienced friends could not believe that I couldn’t hammer a nail in straight. After lots of head shakes from my friends, sore muscles and a smashed fingertip or two, the extension was finished.

That got me thinking about “common sense’ and how it’s relative and depends on how much you know about a particular subject. So, I hopped on LinkedIn and asked fundraisers – new and experienced – what advice...

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