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The Bridge Built With a Kite
A Kite Starts First Suspension Bridge
By: Viken Mikaelian

It’s true — a kid with a kite! There’s a lesson that fundraisers can learn from the history of Niagara Falls — specifically, about a suspension bridge that, from 1855 to 1897, connected the United States to Canada over the roaring waters.

Gift Horse
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
By: Viken Mikaelian

Wouldn’t it be great if every donor simply gave cash or publicly traded stock? And, did not ask for a pledge period of greater than five years?

While most donors do fit this description, there are others who present challenges in terms of the proposed structure of their gifts.

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What We Don’t Do
By: Viken Mikaelian

Planned giving marketing firms should stick with what they know best. Companies like to boast about what they do. Apparently, many firms also like to do far more than they…

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Get Rid of Your CGA Program!
By: Tom Dieters

Says the panicked board member… until you show him a better way to lower risk.  Has this ever happened to you? A board member or finance officer who is unfamiliar with…

Add Hours Back Into Your Week
By: Rebecca Langley

A technology round-up to help you increase productivity. If your idea of increasing productivity is petitioning the universe to add a few hours to the day, take heart. There are less…

Get Un-Stuck and Get Moving
By: Karen Martin

This is inspired by: It recently occurred to me that there are many smart people walking around with brilliant ideas in their heads, but just a small few of them…

Prepare and Achieve
By: Viken Mikaelian

Recently I have come across several articles addressing the idea known as “motion vs action”.  According to James Clear, who credits Steve Blank with first writing about the concept, “Motion…

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