Category: Creativity

  • 11 reasons your organization struggles to innovate

    The only time you make an effort to seek new ideas is when you’re facing some kind of problem. You decide whether an idea is good or not based who proposed it. You think every idea is incomplete or bad until it has your input. You ridicule new ideas when you think they’re bad. Brainstorming…

  • They won’t know it when they see it

    As a fundraiser, you may have been told by someone who has authority over your work to try again; it’s not right: I’ll know it when I see it. Maybe you’ve even said it. You need to know: someone who thinks they’ll know what they’re looking for when they see it won’t. Neither will you.…

  • How to care for yourself in hard times

    Are you taking care of yourself? It’s important. When you don’t, stress and anxiety can get the better of you, lowering the quality (and quantity) of your work — and sometimes undermining your health. Here are some self-care tips from the Publication Coach blog, at 15 ways I’ll be indulging in self-care over the holidays:…

  • How brainstorming sessions go bad

    Have you been to meetings that looked like this? Marketoonist The post has a wonderful account about how Steve Jobs valued and protected creativity: [Jobs] treated the process of creativity with a rare and a wonderful reverence. You see, I think he better than anyone understood that while ideas ultimately can be so powerful, they…

  • How to kill your fundraising with committees

    Does this look like your internal process for creating fundraising messages? (From the wonderful Marketoonist cartoon and blog.) It always amazes me how many people get involved in fundraising. Everyone knows that “too many cooks spoil the broth.” We’ve all experienced it many times. Yet when it comes to fundraising, large committees form to make…

  • How to take control of your fundraising life

    I know quite a few nonprofit people who are virtually slaves. I’m not talking about their salaries. I’m talking about their lack of control over what they spend their time doing. They spend their time in a perpetual tail-chasing struggle to keep up with the urgent, day-to-day stuff that fills their life. So much so,…

  • Do you have enough crazy ideas?

    I had a crazy idea. Crazy ideas are our best and our worst moments. It was back when I worked at a large national fundraising agency. I’d recently made the move from copywriter to creative director, which means I had frontline role in new business pitches. And we were pitching a doozy. It was a…

  • How to stay creative when you need it most

    Sometimes you hit a wall when you’re working on your fundraising. And the wall does not respect your deadlines, workload, or urgency. It’s just a big wall that’s in your way. The bad and good news is that the wall is entirely within your head. That means you have the power to dismantle it. Or…

  • The danger of being “more creative” in fundraising

    Be more creative! I hate it when people say that. I’m all for creativity. No question, we need more of it. Everywhere — business, government, and especially nonprofits. The idea of being more creative should get us excited, like a racehorse at the starting gate. We should feel freedom and energy to tackle challenges in…

  • 5 ways to nurture your creative spark

    Your best work happens when you get a creative spark. That’s something that doesn’t come on cue. But there are ways to encourage the spark, according to 5 Research-Backed Methods to Be More Creative on HubSpot: Stop typecasting yourself. (We all tend to think of ourselves as having a fixed set of strengths. It’s partly…