1. The Art of Philanthropy

    Staying true to your donors is the commitment you make when you agree to be a fundraiser. But the organization’s leadership and metrics don’t always operate harmoniously with those ideals. Donors don't have the same priorities or needs as those who operate behind the scenes of the philanthropic …Read More

  2. What is a Capital Campaign and Why Do One?

    When running a capital campaign, you should expect the unexpected. This is because at one point or another it may stall or look hopeless. But Penny Cowden has some great advice from her many years of experience she has accumulated from running very successful campaigns, helping raise over $100 milli…Read More

  3. High Achievers in Fundraising with Dr. Tricia Groff

    High achievers have a strong will and a high degree of confidence in who they are. They are open to learning and have very high expectations of themselves and of others. Dr. Tricia Groff is a psychologist, writer, and speaker. She specializes in the personal and professional development of high achi…Read More

  4. The Origins and Inspiration Behind Philanthropy212

    Penny Cowden is the founder of Philanthropy212. She spent 25 years as a front-line funder managing all aspects of fundraising programs including board development & training. In the course of her career, she has helped raise over $100 million. This week we will explore the inspiration and creati…Read More

  5. Navigating You!

    Do you have a personal compass that nudges you when it’s time to think about you? Does it ask you to think about “Where am I now? How does it fit into my desired career trajectory and life goals? Am I doing something that maximizes my skillset in an environment that helps me thrive?” Most peop…Read More

  6. What inspires me just might inspire you.

    I’ve been inspired by a lot of people. When I transitioned from corporate business development and marketing to not-for-profit development, I was clueless. I was so clueless, I didn’t even know I was clueless—that took about three months. That’s when I really figured out that business develo…Read More

  7. Fundraisers Creed

    I was talking with a client about legacy giving and it led me to contemplating what we, as fundraisers, leave as our own legacy. Many moons ago, Jerry Panas gave me a copy of his Fundraiser's Creed. It spoke to me then and it speaks to me now. I wanted to share it--especially for those of us who hel…Read More

  8. Where’s The Mission

    I’m hearing a lot of talk lately about being donor centric. I have to say, I’m shocked! Why do we have to talk about being donor centric? Why is this even a question? Of course, we should have the donor at the center of all we do. It’s crazy to imagine everybody doesn’t have the donor at the…Read More

  9. Martin Luther King Didn’t Yell “I Have A Strategic Plan”

    Strategies are Useless; Dreams are Priceless Really, strategy without dreams is useless. They have to start with dreams. I know metrics are important but unless you base your plans on big ideas that inspire they are useless. You know why? Because there are hundreds of pages long, they’re in really…Read More