Some long-held beliefs of nonprofit communicators don't serve nonprofits well and may even be harmful. These myths could be costing you donor dollars, and they make the job of nonprofit communicators harder. Here are four beliefs to cast aside ―and what to do instead.Read More
Sometimes, you just get lucky and the universe sends you Rob Lowe.Read More
You may be an awesome fundraiser, but maybe you're surrounded by people who aren’t (your board, your staff, your committees) and you wish they could be more effective. If you want to raise more money and you don't know quite how to connect with it, then read onRead More
What we believe about money, we learned from our parents. This is how you develop your money mindset.
So what I've been doing over the last month is working with a money mindset coach to help me dive into what my beliefs are about money. I am committed to growing this business so I can serve as many people as possible for as long as possible. So my past behaviors of rebelling and spending money may not be serving me.Read More
Last week I spent three days doing a deep dive into how to dominate online. I attended Findability University in Las Vegas. And I learned A LOT. Like the deep dive became a drowning situation at one point.
It was a great experience, and now that I know how to be findable on line, and I will teach you
I get asked this a lot: When is the right time to create a marketing or fundraising plan?
My answer: NOW.
Why? Because it is always a good time to create action toward your goals. Organizations want the perfect setting or that magical unicorn time when they aren’t busy. Those two conditions will never happen.Read More
Resolutions are ways to focus on bettering our lives. That’s a great thing. The reason they don’t work is because we haven’t changed our mindset, only our behaviors. And when we slip back into known behavior, we stop the change we seek for a whole year!Read More
Even more than survivor of self or family is our need to be in a group. We are still guided by thousands of years of being in tribes or small communities The herd mentality drives us, and being ostracized by a group is our greatest fearRead More
If you want people to listen to your nonprofit’s messages, you need to make them feel something—joy, sadness, anger. They need to get emotionally connected. This is a special challenge for nonprofits. To get people’s attention, you have to say something interesting. And yet, we often recoil at that thought, lest it cause controversy or anger.Read More
You’ve heard the big lie. I heard the big lie. Heck, I’ve even told the big lie. And I realized, it is a lie…a story we told ourselves long ago that we believe today. A story we don’t challenge because we can’t see another way. I am sorry I bought into this myth. I have evolved my thinking and I want you to as well.
There are only so many dollars available for philanthropy and we need to get the biggest slice possible.Read More
I talked to Sarah Javier, executive director of APA, about the results of the campaign, how they handled the inevitable complaints and what’s next for the campaign.Read More
A few weeks ago, holding down a barstool and taking in some sports on TV, I met Justin. His story of pain, addiction redemption and the need to share your truth made me believe in humanity and the power of being a Courageous Communicator.Read More
I am starting a revolution. Join me.
As nonprofit leaders, staff, consultants and supporters: Let’s stop operating from a place of scarcity and fear. Let’s operate from abundance and confidence.Read More
I just watched a 9-minute video of Anderson Cooper debunking Donald Trump Jr.’s assertion that Cooper staged a shot of himself standing in waist-deep Hurricane Florence floodwaters to make President Trump look bad. Cooper showed that the photo in question was from a video clip of Hurricane Ike in Texas circa 2008. Cooper admitted in the video that he usually doesn’t address his critics but this time he felt called to do so, especially because the cameraman shown in the video died a year ago.Read More
There are two distinct personality types in my family, derived from our parents. My mom was a keep-it-close kind of person, not too keen on showing or sharing feelings. My dad was a heart-on-your-sleeve type of guy. If he had a feeling, you were going to know it, be it joy, sorrow or even anger.Read More
One day I was talking to my therapist about my fear of criticism, and how I thought it was keeping me from my goals. She said, "Praise and criticism are the same thing." And that sounded absolutely ridiculous. How can something that makes you feel so good and something that makes you feel so bad be the same thing?Read More
Three weeks ago my 19-year-old left home in the middle of the night, without a word to anyone, and drove 13 hours to Virginia Beach to meet a man he met online. A week later, after a lot of panic and tears on my end, and some frank talk on his end, he came home a she.Read More