When there's a storm, stay in contact with your donors

John talks about two important lessons he learned in times of crisis and gives a bit of inspiration and inoculation against pessimism and panic of uncertain times.


March 12, 2020 3 PM

Make Philanthropy Work's Recommendations For The New Normal: Trends in Ultra High Net Worth Giving 2019

December 18, 2019 5 PM

We take a look at the top 3 trends in giving in 2019.

Don't give in to the dark side of fundraising...

December 12, 2019 6 PM

Here’s one fundraising takeaway I’d love to share: do NOT go to the Dark Side of fundraising, go...

Why hiring a consultant helped me succeed and keep my sanity

November 14, 2019 4 PM

When I started in my new role as a Development Director for a local Denver non-profit I was...

Culture of Philanthropy or is Fundraising Something That Happens Over There?

October 11, 2019 3 AM

So, tell me, what is that you do in your department? That phrase, spoken with a bit (or a lot)...

How we Solve the Fundraising Mystery

September 30, 2019 1 PM

When someone asks how I help nonprofits in fundraising, I typically leave it at a very surface...

10 Steps to Better Donor Engagement

August 28, 2019 4 AM

We have spent years analyzing data, connecting with donors, building relationships, and have...

After 25 Years and Thousands of Donor Visits, Here are the Realities I've Learned

June 27, 2019 2 PM

I’ve fundraised for almost every size and age of institution and nonprofit.  I've personally...

7 Biggest Major Gift Fundraising Mistakes

May 29, 2019 9 PM

Mistakes, we all make them, heck I make several a day. And, we are especially susceptible to...

How to Hire a Hell of a Fundraiser

April 23, 2019 11 PM

Let’s start with the assumption you want to hire someone to raise money for your cause and...

Time to Renovate Your Fundraising - Here’s How

January 31, 2019 2 PM

How to upgrade major gift fundraising? I often use a house analogy.  It works because both...

How to Focus Your Efforts on the Most Likely Major Gift Donors

September 16, 2018 4 PM

We are going to get technical for this article. Are you ready!?!

At Make Philanthropy Work, we...