Lessons in Abundance from my Oma Frieda

My Oma Frieda and her daughter Patricia in the early 1920s My maternal grandmother was named Frieda. I just found out from Wikipedia, that saucy mistress of procrastination, that the name means “peaceful ruler” and I have to say that is spot on. She was a wonderful...

Fundraising in the age of pandemic

                The main question I’m getting right now is “how do I ask”?  The situation is often a dire one, the organization will stop work, let go of employees, not meet basic needs.  That is real, and it is scary and it is...

The 100-Year Friend

This is the first series of blog posts titled “The 100-Year Friend”. They explore the world of philanthropy through the lens of Permaculture thinking and the metaphor of the garden ecosystem. It is the culmination of my 25 years of experience in the field of big-box...

Meeting My Mentor in SoulCollage

In late 2018 I embarked on my year of Radical Yes. I turned 50 years old and for the first time realized a life-long dream of building a fundraising consulting business. Up to this point, in so many ways, I was buying into all the things society was telling me: I was...