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No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair
By Lilya Wagner on May 30, 2012 | No Comment
No Strategic Plan, Unrealistic Expectations—and My Boss is Having an Affair

As a fundraising professional one of the only assets you truly have is your reputation.  So what would you do if you learned that your married boss, the chief development officer (CDO), was having an …

Full Speed Ahead! Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations
By Lilya Wagner on January 24, 2012 | No Comment
Full Speed Ahead!  Handling Unrealistic Short-Term Goal Expectations

Lilya Wagner continues, in this column with Patrice Hieb, her series on handling fundraisers’ leadership nightmares.

Fundraisers’ Nightmares: More Tips on the Boss Who Doesn’t Understand Your Job
By Lilya Wagner on December 7, 2011 | No Comment
Fundraisers’ Nightmares: More Tips on the Boss Who Doesn’t Understand Your Job

This is the concluding installment on the recent column that advised fundraisers on dealing with executives who don’t really understand what it is that development professionals do. On this topic, I’ve asked colleagues to help …

“My Boss Doesn’t Understand My Job!”
By Lilya Wagner on October 28, 2011 | No Comment
“My Boss Doesn’t Understand My Job!”

Leadership Nightmares and How To Wake Up From Them
Is there anyone of us fundraising professionals who has not been asked at some time in our lives, “What do you really do?”
In my case, my previous …

Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: “Excellent Vision, Poor Execution”
By Lilya Wagner on July 11, 2011 | No Comment
Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: “Excellent Vision, Poor Execution”

Is everything spinning out of control in your world? The economy has wreaked havoc with your fundraising goal.  Major donors don’t return phone calls.  The board pressures you to find new donors, when you know …

Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them
By Lilya Wagner on May 25, 2011 | One Comment
Leadership Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them

John is chief development officer of a medical school foundation.  The CEO of the foundation and CFO have met and discussed the budget, and he expected to be consulted about the amount of money he …

Fundraising: Smoke Alarm, Fire Escape, or Security Blanket? | Part One
By Tom Watson on February 19, 2009 | No Comment
Fundraising:  Smoke Alarm, Fire Escape,  or Security Blanket? | Part One

In the last few weeks the Washington DC area has been hit by a bit of snow which quickly turned side streets, sidewalks and driveways into glare ice as the temperatures went up and down like Yo-Yos. While creeping along with traffic on the way to work, I listened to early morning news on my car radio. One tragic story of an apartment fire caught my attention.

Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: Strength in Numbers
By Tom Watson on August 21, 2008 | No Comment
Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: Strength in Numbers

onPhilanthropy presents the fourth installment of this column, which will share with readers a real-world fundraising problem.

My Way or No Way – Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake up From Them
By Tom Watson on July 31, 2008 | No Comment
My Way or No Way – Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake up From Them

onPhilanthropy presents the third installment of this monthly column, which will share with readers a real-world fundraising problem. Readers are invited to submit solutions to the problem presented; the best will be selected by a panel of professionals and published in a subsequent issue of onPhilanthropy.

Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: Think Big or Else!
By Tom Watson on June 27, 2008 | No Comment
Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: Think Big or Else!

onPhilanthropy presents the second installment of this monthly column, which will share with readers a real-world fundraising problem. Readers are invited to submit solutions to the problem presented; the best will be selected by a panel of professionals and published in a subsequent issue of onPhilanthropy.

Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: Think Big or Else!
By Tom Watson on June 27, 2008 | No Comment
Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up From Them: Think Big or Else!

onPhilanthropy presents the second installment of this monthly column, which will share with readers a real-world fundraising problem. Readers are invited to submit solutions to the problem presented; the best will be selected by a panel of professionals and published in a subsequent issue of onPhilanthropy.

Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up from Them
By Tom Watson on May 22, 2008 | No Comment
Fundraiser Nightmares and How to Wake Up from Them

Growing up rather impoverished as a refugee child, one of the many deprivations I experienced was a lack of children’s books. I read whatever was handy, but mostly these were adult books, and often in several different languages.

A Crossroads on the Path of Professionalism in Fundraising
By Tom Watson on September 19, 2007 | No Comment

Today the fundraising profession seems to also be facing two roads. The question, are we technicians or professionals, has gained prominence. How do those outside our profession those who hire us, those who work with us, the general public, government officials, our international colleagues, and others view us?

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