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The world needs you to be EXCELLENT

Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  How one fundraiser secured her place at an international conference.   In my years as a fundraiser I’ve come across many inspiring stories. But without doubt the most inspiring tale of commitment to attend a conference is the story of my friend, Sudeshna Mukherjee. I first met Sudeshna...

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Birthday parties, mother in laws, melt downs and the art of saying thank you.

Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Eileen in 1931 My mother in law was a product of The Great Depression; as a result she had a certain way of doing things. For example: She really enjoyed her food AND would eat every morsel on her plate – even if she was full. She always had...

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The balance between ambition and contentment

Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

Anyone who has worked with me, lived with me or just hung out with me will tell you that I am rarely satisfied. It is true; I am constantly pushing. I always want more. Not stuff – goodness knows I have too much stuff already. I want to do...

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Anyone can thank a donor. Just do it!

Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

December is a fabulous month. This is the time year where we make a special effort to connect with people who are important to us. Many of us decorate our homes. We make special foods that are high in fat, sugar and ingredients we don’t normally use like dried...

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Emily Post’s Twitter Etiquette

Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

  Many of you probably remember IFC 2009. What you might not remember is that there was a twitter hashtag for it. Howard Lake, JohnLepp, a few others and I were pioneers. (sorry I don’t remember the “few others”, so please claim your cyber moment in the comments). At...

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A lesson in good fundraising and a story about a walk in the mountains

Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

After spending about a week doing charity work in the Kathmandu and the Terai Region of Nepal I had a few days for rest, writing and reflection in a touristy mountain village called Nagarkot. It was the festival weekend of Diwali and sitting on the balcony of my little...

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Nepal post #3 – Rolling up our sleeves

Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

As you know Anna Walsh and I are working in Nepal for a couple of weeks. Yesterday we met the staff in the Kathmandu office of the Rural Community Development Service Council (RCDSC). The purpose of the day was a briefing to help us better understand the work of...

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Nepal post #2 – Flooding in Mahottari

Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

In early October I received the letter below from Ram Kapar. You will remember I talked about meeting him and my working vacation in Nepal that starts tomorrow in my post here. If you don’t have time to read the entire letter just skim it down to see more...

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From the fundraising trenches of Canada to the fundraising trenches of Nepal

Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

At the moment I am nursing a hangover. Not the mind numbing hangover induced by over consumption, but a physical one that can only be earned from 20 hours of traveling to the other side of the world. As I write this, I am sitting in a tightly manicured...

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The evolution of a blog – one fundraiser’s experience

Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I started blogging I read a book to learn how to start. A real, hardcopy book. “Blogging for dummies” or something. Then a colleague told me to post three times a week. Advice I took seriously. If you go to the very first few months of this blog...

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