Book Giveaway

So, while working on my blog for this week (which I’m still writing) I tidied up my office area and found out that I have five duplicate books! Because I love sharing and enjoy helping new fundraisers or those without many resources, I’ll give send along one of these books to a fundraiser who makes a good pitch as to why they need one! Make your case in the comments.


ThankYouEconomyCoverThe Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

I just love this book and wrote a review (I haven’t reviewed every fundraising book I’ve read, unfortunately). I think this is a great book to fully understand why customer service and thanking is so critical, and draws important ideas from the old economy to how social media works to enhance customor service. I often suggest that people have someone from the C-Suite read this to better understand the great role that social media can play in connecting with customers and supporters.



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Liven Up Fundraising Events

Cutest cake? And made by the bride...

This past weekend I attended a wedding – a former co-worker and friend of my husband and me. It was an intimate celebration with many sentimental and delightful touches (including this cake, made by the bride).

One of the fun touches they added was asking guests to use Instagram to document the reception and dinner. Here is part of the email from the groom:

We are going to try to have some fun with any photos you take on your mobile using Instagram.  If you do not already have it, go to or the App Store to download and set up an account.  Become familiar with taking photos and adding captions or comments.  We will have a special hashtag that will allow us to share photos taken during the evening.  Not familiar with it?  No problem.  We’ll have technical support on hand.

When we arrived at the reception, we were given the hashtag to use: #GregSharon.

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My AFP International Conference Round Up

BeTheCauseI was fortunate to be able to attend the recent Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conference for fundraisers in San Antonio. I enjoy the inspiration, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Many of my positions during my career have been in small nonprofits, which usually have not allowed the professional development budget to attend – maybe yours is like that – or there are other ways you get professional development (PD).

Mostly, I wanted to share with you what I learned, because that is the great thing about fundraisers – they are always willing to share their successes and learnings (sometimes you fail, and when you do, fail fast, take a failure bow, learn and move on).


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