I've worked in philanthropy for my entire career. Indeed, coming up on 27 years - really hard to believe. I've had great jobs, tough jobs, amazing bosses, crazy bosses, access to incredible philanthropists and people and have mentored and coached super talented young fundraisers and I've been blessed with mentors and people to look up [...]
As summer and my birthday approach this time of year I am always reminded of how we are constantly afforded the opportunity for new beginnings. Graduations, summer adventures, old chapters closing and new doors opening. Yes, it’s a romantic view of our time rotating around the sun and no surprise, I’m a sucker for commencement [...]
In the category of random and possibly inappropriate nicknames, I had a former boss who used to refer to me in public as “General Disruption.” She gave me the nickname because, as she put it, I was there to disrupt the ways in which the organization was thinking about and tactically fundraising. Of course, [...]
About three years ago my life was crumbling. My marriage was over, I was trapped in a job I didn’t love, was working insane hours for a very difficult person and it was taking everything I had to hold it all together - for me and for my two kids. I was laying up in [...]
For Sterrin Bird, founder of Pacific Advancement Partners, nonprofits are never ‘business as usual’ – creative and innovative thinking can support their missions with maximum positive impact. A nationally recognized leader in the nonprofit community, Sterrin has more than 25 years of experience in service to philanthropy, with an emphasis in capital campaigning and major gifts.
I was recently given the gift of 10 quiet days of solitude on Turtle Island, Fiji to reflect and regroup after a very busy 2016 full of change and challenge. Like many of you, my year was full of a lot of work and family obligations – and much of it ended up being surprising and, yes, even shocking! Certainly tiring!
Rogare: The Fundraising Think Tank As a Philanthropy consultant I realized that our modern society, particularly in North America, celebrates independence, forward thinking and innovation with a fervor that is deafening. That's why the focus of this article is Rogare: The Fundraising Think Tank. Our freedom, independence and self-reliance is acknowledged, recognized and celebrated as [...]
I was the Marymount Alumna of The Year It isn’t very often that we are afforded the benefit of time in our busy lives to pause and reflect about our path and the twists and turns that have led us to where we are today with a full understanding of of the impact that people [...]
Role of Advancement in Public Higher Education According to the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington DC, as of 2004, more than 200 universities in the United States had endowments worth more than $200 billion. The size of those endowments has undoubtedly shifted with the current economic climate and particularly as a result [...]